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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 04/19/2004 9:01:12 PM PDT 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 04/19/2004 9:06:41 PM PDT by DoctorZIn (Until they are Free, "We shall all be Iranians!")
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Galaxy, Iran Cancel April 28 Match

AP - World News
Apr 19, 2004

CARSON, Calif. - The Los Angeles Galaxy and Iran national team canceled their April 28 match because of problems securing the necessary paperwork for the Iranians to travel.

The match, which was to be played at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena, may be rescheduled later this year, the Galaxy said Monday.

There wasn't enough time for the Iranians to complete their paperwork, the Galaxy said.

"We are disappointed to lose this game, particularly given the great response we have received from the Iranian-American community," said Doug Hamilton, Galaxy president and general manager.

Tickets to the match will be refunded.

http://www.daneshjoo.org/generalnews/article/publish/article_5814.shtml



3 posted on 04/19/2004 9:08:03 PM PDT by DoctorZIn (Until they are Free, "We shall all be Iranians!")
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Supreme Leader Expects American Humiliation in Iraq

April 19, 2004
Radio Free Europe
Bill Samii

Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei said in a 14 April speech in Tehran that "an alien power" invaded Iraq in order to fill the pockets of oil companies "and the Zionists," state radio reported.

He went on to say that nobody is inciting Iraqis to acts of violence. "There is no need for anyone to incite the Iraqis," he said, adding, "You [Americans] yourselves are the biggest and the filthiest inciters of the Iraqi nation." Khamenei said U.S. policy in Iraq is like Israeli policy in Palestine.

In an apparent reference to the closure of Muqtada al-Sadr's "Al-Hawzah" newspaper that disregarded the nearly 100 press closures in Iran, Khamenei said, "They close down newspapers. They ban the press."

Khamenei predicted, "Sooner or later, the Americans will leave Iraq in wretchedness and humiliation." Khamenei said the Iraqi people can facilitate this through unity and reliance on Islam, and by heeding the clerical authorities.

http://www.rferl.org/reports/iran-report/
4 posted on 04/19/2004 9:09:15 PM PDT by DoctorZIn (Until they are Free, "We shall all be Iranians!")
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UC Davis Chancellor to be welcome by oppressors of Iranian students

SMCCDI (Information Service)
Apr 19, 2004

The distinguished Chancellor of the famous and respectable "University of California at Davis" (UC Davis), Larry Vanderhoef, is to officially visit the land of repressed students at the head of a delegation composed by his collaborators and a controversial land developer of Iranian origin who's well connected to Iran's current official circles.

Mr. Vanderhoef who seems to be seeking future opportunities has received an official invitation from the repressive and dogmatic heads of Tehran University known to have been involved in the denunciation, arrest and expel of hundreds of Iranian students seeking justice and freedom. He will be joined by four other respectable UC Davis officials for the journey April 25 through May 1, among them the deans of agricultural sciences and engineering.

The land developer of Iranian origin who seems to have facilitated the contact and has converted in establishment of questionable "Academic Exchanges" is named Mohammad Mohanna of Sacramento. He will be also part of the expedition.

The tyrannical and terrorist Islamic republic regime uses often naive or opportunist American scholars for its propaganda machine. They're in most cases approached by questionable individuals of Iranian origin seeking to foster their position among the illegitimate ruling circles of Iran.

Vanderhoef can be reached via the following phone, fax and e.mail: (530) 752-2065 ; (530) 752-2400 fax ; lnvanderhoef@ucdavis.edu

US Davis' website is located at: http://www.ucdavis.edu/

http://www.daneshjoo.org/generalnews/article/publish/article_5811.shtml
5 posted on 04/19/2004 9:10:14 PM PDT by DoctorZIn (Until they are Free, "We shall all be Iranians!")
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Iran's New International Airport Unusable

April 19, 2004
Radio Free Europe
Bill Samii

Supreme Leader Khamenei declared this Iran's year of accountability. He could start by determining why Tehran's newest and grandest international airport remains unusable, almost three months after being inaugurated amid much fanfare.

The Imam Khomeini International Airport near Tehran cost a total of 2.6 trillion rials plus $60 [million], IRNA reported on 31 January. It is intended to handle about 6 million passengers its first phase, 15 million in the second phase, and 40 million a year when the third phase is complete; IRNA did not specify when this would be.

President Khatami inaugurated the airport on 1 February at a ceremony attended by the Roads and Transport Minister Ahmad Khoram; Housing and Urban Development Minister Ali Abdol-Alizadeh; Post, Telegraph, and Telephone Minister Ahmad Motamedi; and foreign dignitaries, IRNA reported at the time.

Yet the airport still cannot be used, according to Radio Farda on 14 April, because construction on the project is below par and does not conform to international standards. The original project engineers quit after the end of the 1980-88 Iran-Iraq War, and the government at that time allowed the Oppressed and Disabled Foundation (Bonyad-i Mostazafan va Janbazan) to take over the airport project. The foundation changed many of the original specifications. As a result, the runways were made with asphalt instead of cement and must be repaved; neither the electrical power nor the runway lighting function properly; and the aircraft refueling equipment is inadequate. Until these problems are resolved, Radio Farda reported, the airport cannot be used.

Meanwhile, a new airport was inaugurated in the West Azerbaijan Province city of Khoi on 8 April, state radio reported. Built at a cost of 40 billion rials, its runway is big enough to handle medium-sized aircraft. Roads and Transport Minister Khoram said at the inauguration that plans are under way to build airports at Ahvaz, Bandar Abbas, Isfahan, Mashhad, Shiraz, and Tabriz.

http://www.rferl.org/reports/iran-report/
6 posted on 04/19/2004 9:10:58 PM PDT by DoctorZIn (Until they are Free, "We shall all be Iranians!")
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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

NEWS RELEASE

Contact Brian Hart/Aaron Groote

April 16, 2004

BROWNBACK CRITICIZES UNITED NATIONS’ FAILURE TO CENSURE CHINA, IRAN FOR HUMAN RIGHTS RECORDS

WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Sam Brownback today criticized the United Nations for failing to censure China and Iran for their grave human rights records.

“I am extremely disappointed in the lack of action by the United Nations,” Brownback said. “Despite clear evidence of serious violations, the U.N. failed to pass resolutions that would have called these countries to account for their egregious behavior on human rights issues.”

China brought a “no action motion” to block consideration of a U.S.-backed resolution, despite compelling evidence presented at the Commission by human rights activists and survivors of abuse.

Brownback has previously met with leaders of China’s underground churches representing millions of Christians in China. He continued, “Christians are being persecuted in China simply for following and sharing their faith. In the last ten years, an estimated 8,900 believers have been arrested and detained and at least three have been tortured to death.”

Brownback also spoke about women who had been tortured and sexually abused to force them to give evidence against Pastor Gong Shengliang of the South China Church, as well as video footage he had seen of the destruction of churches in China.

“There are many Christians suffering appalling brutality for their faith and it is vital the international community respond to the call of the persecuted church of China and to speak out and take up the cause of those who are paying such a high price for their faith,” said Brownback.

Brownback also deplored the decision by the Western block of nations led by the European Union not to table a resolution censuring flagrant human rights violations by Iran’s ruling theocracy.

After visiting Iran late last year, UN Special Rapporteur on freedom of opinion and expression Ambeyi Ligabo painted an alarming picture of the rights situation in Iran. “[There was a] climate of fear induced by the systematic repression of people expressing critical views against the authorized political and religious doctrine and the functioning of institutions,” wrote the human rights investigator in a report to the Human Rights Commission.

The State Department Country Reports on Human Rights Practices for year 2003 was even stronger: “The [Iran] Government's poor human rights record worsened, and it continued to commit numerous, serious abuses… Continuing serious abuses included: summary executions; disappearances; torture and other degrading treatment, reportedly including severe punishments such as beheading and flogging; poor prison conditions; arbitrary arrest and detention...”

Iran's Nobel peace laureate Shirin Ebadi denounced the EU’s “silence and complicity” describing it as “an insult for democrats and human rights defenders in Iran who struggle for basic rights in spite of risks to their freedom.”

“Safeguarding the human rights of Iranians is a critical element of any policy to support Iran’s democracy movement. We must not let the tyrannical mullahs of Iran get off the hook so easily,” said Brownback.

Senator Brownback will chair a hearing on the status of reforms in China in the Subcommittee on East Asia and Pacific Affairs, Committee on Foreign Relations, on April 22, 2004, at 2:30 p.m. Eastern.

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Sam Brownback
United States Senator - Kansas
303 Hart Senate Office Building
Washington, DC 20510
(202) 224-6521
http://brownback.senate.gov


7 posted on 04/19/2004 9:15:18 PM PDT by DoctorZIn (Until they are Free, "We shall all be Iranians!")
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9 posted on 04/19/2004 9:31:22 PM PDT by Smartass (BUSH & CHENEY 2004 - THE BEST GET BETTER)
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Iran's Spoiling Attack

April 20, 2004
Winds of Change.NET
Trent Telenko

It is the nature of men that when faced with an impending doom, they will do something, anything, to avert it, even if that brings doom down upon themselves sooner and more surely then if they had done nothing. Such was the case in ancient Greek tragedies. So it was with the World War Two Nazis and Imperial Japanese. So it is now with Iran's Mullahocracy in their "spoiling attack" on America in Iraq.

Dan Darling, Michael Ledeen, and Wretchard of Belmont Club (here and here) have all recently gone on documenting at length the size and scope of the Iranian and Iranian hired Syrian attacks in Iraq, and in Ledeen's case what needs to be done about it. What they haven't done is explain the wider pattern in terms of the Iranian objectives for their spoiling attack.

Spoiling Attacks

A spoiling attack in military terms is when one side attacks the other while it is preparing to launch an offensive in hopes that its attack will disrupt and or permanently delay the inevitable. Spoiling attacks are normally aimed at major boundaries between units or forces as this causes the most confusion due to separate chains of command stepping all over each other trying to coordinate their superior forces to deal with the attack.

Napoleon was famous for winning this way over over. A modern and less successful example was World War Two's Battle of the Bulge, wherein Hitler intended to separate the British from their American allies and take back the major seaport of Antwerp. The Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor exploited the "unit boundary" split in America's Pacific chain of command between the Army and the Navy over the defense of Hawaii, and let them run wild for six months in the Pacific.

In Iraq we are seeing multiple "unit boundaries" struck by the Iranian inspired attacks at once. America's Spanish, Ukrainian, Polish, Bulgarian, and Italian allies have all been struck by either the Ba'athist remnants or the Sadr militia with the result being that the Spanish Socialist government is cutting and running. Many private military corporations have been hit with K.B.R., for example, suffering 30 dead, missing, or captured for future 'snuff video' production.

The ultimate "unit boundary" that the Iranians are striking isn't tactical, operational or even in Iraq. It is strategic - the "unit boundary" between American Presidential Administrations.

The Mullahs' Goal

Iran's Mullahocracy has been America's enemy since 1979. They have learned that America alternates between weak/malleable and strong/bold executive leadership, having faced both Jimmy Carter and Ronald Reagan. The former President it held hostage for over a year while the latter President traded arms for hostages, then turned around and broke the Mullah's will to fight against Iraq with a "secret" naval war, the downing of an Iranian Airbus by an Aegis cruiser and intelligence assistance for Saddam's reconquest of the Iranian Al Faw peninsula with chemical weapons.

The one thing the Mullahs have leaned in all of this is that American Presidential Administrations have an extremely difficult time doing new foreign policy or national security policy an election year or during the first six months of a new Administration. They are now taking advantage of this to strike, and hopefully cripple, the Bush Administration's reelection chances or failing that make America abandon its plan to democratize Iraq and destabilize their theocracy.

As Amir Taheri notes in the New York Post:

"The Iranian analysis is simple: The Americans do not have the political stamina to stay the course in Iraq. Negative polls could force President Bush to withdraw his troops into bases in the Iraqi desert, allowing the cities to fall under the control of Iraqi armed groups.

In such a scenario, pro Saddam groups would seize control of the so called Sunni Triangle while Shiite groups beholden to Iran would dominate central and southern Iraq, leaving the Kurds cantoned in their two mountainous enclaves.

The Tehran leadership is also certain that John Kerry, if elected, will abandon Bush's plans for a "democratic" Middle East. "The United States has become vulnerable," Rafsanjani told his cheering audience in Tehran. "The Americans do not know which way to turn."

Behind the scenes of revolt in parts of Iraq lies the broader picture of the war that various brands of Islamism have waged against the United States for almost a quarter of a century.

Tehran leaders believe that the U.S. defeat in Vietnam enabled China to establish itself as the rising power in Asia. They hope that a U.S. defeat in Iraq will give the Islamic Republic a similar opportunity to become what Rafsanjani calls "the regional superpower."

The Khomeinist mullahs believe that an American defeat in Iraq will destabilize all Arab regimes, leaving the Islamic Republic as the only power around which a new status quo could be built in the region. "Here is our opportunity to teach the Americans a lesson," Rafsanjani said."

In short, the Iranians mean to defeat America, "Lebanonize" Iraq and dominate its various factions. Al Sadr was only the first Iranian sock puppet. There will be many others. Iraq cannot be pacified as long as terrorists attack us from secure bases in Iran, and the mullahs are both providing those and funding terrorists against us, including Al Qaeda as well as Al Sadr.

4th Generation Warfare

As Joe's piece on "Iran's Great Game" noted, the mullahs correctly believe they have to do this to retain power in Iran. America's goal of creating a successful democracy in mostly Shiite Iraq means the end of the mullahs' rule in Iran - they can't keep their own people from making religious pilgrimages to Shiite holy sites in Iraq, which means they can't stop the effects on their own unsettled population. Democracy next door is an immediate threat to tyranny. Russia's former Communist regime created the Iron Curtain to block freedom in Western Europe from menacing their Communist tyranny in Eastern Europe.

Joe Katzman and a number of others have made much of "4th Generation Warfare" and "asymmetric attack" as a way for the weak to defeat the strong. The key thing about the concept is that the stronger party has to submit to the ground rules of the weaker party in order to be defeated.

America does not have to play by those rules if it doesn't want to, so why are we?

First, Kerry and the Democrats want to believe that 9/11/2001 didn't happen and that everything wrong in the world is Bush's fault. They are worse than useless in facing up to the Iranians.

Bush on the other hand is playing the part of the Wizard of Oz, telling us not to see the Iranian Mullah behind the Iraqi curtain until after the election. When it comes to political choices about the war and the Presidential election, a friend of mine put it this way:

"Given a choice between a f*** up whose heart is in the right place and a Hamlet who hasn't got a program, Americans are gonna go with the f*** up."

So where does that leave the rest of us? Demanding "Faster, Please" will not cut it.

The Stakes

More than Iraq is at stake here there are other players, notably Israel.

Iran's mullahs are developing nuclear weapons, which they view as a magic shield against America and a sword to destroy the Jewish state. They have made overt threats to nuke Israel as soon as they have nuclear weapons, and said they believe Iran would survive any exchange of nukes with Israel. The mullahs do not at all understand that their inflammatory rhetoric intended for domestic political effect has a whole new meaning for other countries when backed up with nuclear weapons.

This brings up the following question:

Does anyone doubt for a moment that Israel will, absolutely, positively WILL preemptively destroy Iranian nuclear facilities, with nukes if necessary, to prevent another holocaust?

Since Iran has taken steps to see that an Israeli conventional air attack, such as that against Osirak, Iraq can't work, Israel must use nuclear ground bursts, producing highly radioactive short term fallout, against Iran's hardened nuclear facilities.

But it won't be just against those. The remorseless logic of nuclear conflict with an irrational opponent will force Israel to eliminate Iran as a strategic threat for the long term. That entails hitting more targets than just those currently known to be working on Iranian nuclear weapons.

A Democratic President would create this worst of all possible worlds, where pre-emptive nuclear attack is used as a tool of state policy. It is not a world we want to live in.

Iranian casualties (@10 - 20% will be dead) would range from several hundred thousand to several million, depending on the target set, weapons selection and local weather patterns. In short, welcome to the world of Wretchard's "Three Conjectures." The EMP from this attack (high altitude bursts to disrupt Iranian C3I) will affect American forces in the area, including in Iraq, and devastate Persian Gulf oil production.

It is therefore unlikely that the USA will let this happen by doing nothing. A friend I spoke to thinks that Iran will have domestic nuclear weapon production capability by spring 2006. I agree. He is also in print that nuclear weapons will be used in anger by 1 Jan 2006 unless we invade Iran first. The only way I can see to prevent this future from coming to pass is with the near term conquest of Iran.

Bush will do this in time, if reelected. Kerry won't. Even Thomas Friedman of the New York Times recognizes the willingness of Bush foreign policy to destroy unacceptable status quos.

Given the certainty of Israel's nuclear preemptive attack on Iran, I don't see America waiting for an Iranian revolution. We will do it ourselves no later than my friend's fall/winter 2005 prediction. We both feel that the deal between Sharon and Bush on this has already been made. If a successful Iranian revolution makes the invasion unnecessary, fine, but we won't take the risk of delay.

Iran is at war with us whether or not we want to be at war with them. Nukes are on the table now, and they are not our nukes. We are on a count down to invasion to keep the nuclear genie from escaping.

Much more is at stake in November's presidential election than President Bush is willing to admit.

http://windsofchange.net/archives/004885.php
13 posted on 04/20/2004 10:16:45 AM PDT by DoctorZIn (Until they are Free, "We shall all be Iranians!")
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Who is behind the Iraq insurgency?
Sunday, April 18, 2004

Much more is happening in Iraq right now than most of us realize. The peril is greater than most of us imagine. Things are likely to get very much better -- or very much worse -- very soon.


ack Kelly is national security writer for the Post-Gazette and The Blade of Toledo, Ohio (jkelly@post-gazette.com, 412-263-1476).

Iran and Syria have committed acts of war against the United States, even if their aggression isn't acknowledged by the Bush administration, or noticed by news media.

Ralph Peters, a retired military intelligence officer, reported from northern Iraq that on April 10, Iranian agents ambushed an American convoy on the road between Mosul and Akre. "The attack did not go as planned," Peters noted in his April 12 New York Post column. "Our troops responded sharply, killing two Iranians, wounding a third and capturing two more. They were carrying their identity documents."

The revolt by radical Shiite cleric Muqtada al Sadr was largely financed by Iran. An Iranian defector told the London-based Arabic daily al Sharq al-Awsat that Iran has been spending $70 million a month on activities in Iraq, and has set up three training camps just across the border from Iraq for members of al Sadr's militia, the "Mehdi Army."

"Haj Saidi [allegedly the Iranian intelligence officer in charge of activities in Iraq] told al Sharq al Awsat that the Iranian presence in Iraq is not limited to the cities," the newspaper said. "Rather, it is spread throughout Iraq, from Zakho in the north to Um Qasr in the south. And the infiltration of Iranian Revolutionary Guards and the al Quds Army began long before the war, through hundreds of Iranian intelligence agents, amongst them Iraqi refugees who were expelled by Saddam Hussein in the 1970s and 1980s to Iran, allegedly because of their Iranian origin, and who infiltrated back into Iraq through the Kurdish areas that were out of Baath government control. After the war, Iranian intelligence sent its agents through the Iraq-Iran border; some of them as students and clerics, and others as belonging to the Shi'ite militias," the newspaper said in a story April 3.

"Haj Saidi also mentioned that more than 300 reporters and technicians who are working now in Iraq for television and radio networks, newspapers and other media agencies are in fact members of the al Quds Army and Revolutionary Guards intelligence units," al Sharq al Awsat said.

"The direct Iranian presence in the Shiite areas of Iraq in the political, security and economic affairs cannot be ignored any more," said another British based Arabic language daily, al-Hayat, in a story April 6. "This presence is accompanied by a vigorous Iranian effort to create bridges with different forces in Iraq." (Translations courtesy of the Middle East Media Research Institute.)

"For months, Iran has been building a secret underground network of military and intelligence cells that has put it in a position not only to challenge the United States and others, but also gradually to gain control over the reins of power after the June 30 handover," said Alireza Jafazadeh, an Iranian exile who is president of Strategic Policy Consulting, Inc.

Many of the tens of thousands of pilgrims who traveled from Iran to the holy city of Najaf in southern Iraq for Arbaeen last weekend were in fact Iranian intelligence operatives, Jafazadeh said.

Meanwhile, the Marines report that many of the "insurgents" they have killed in Fallujah are in fact Syrian. Though Iran's mullahs are militant Shiites, and Syria's Baathist regime is secular in a predominantly Sunni country, there has long been strategic cooperation between them. They jointly sponsor and succor the terrorist group Hezbollah, which operates primarily out of (Syrian-controlled) southern Lebanon.

The recent rash of kidnappings in Iraq are eerily similar to the kidnappings orchestrated by Hezbollah in Lebanon in the 1980s.

Iran is working as fast as it can to build a nuclear bomb, and the world community, in the form of the International Atomic Energy Agency, isn't doing much to restrain it.

http://www.post-gazette.com/pg/04109/302026.stm
17 posted on 04/20/2004 3:05:16 PM PDT by freedom44
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US Senator Blasts UN For Ignoring Iran's Human Rights Violations

•Senator Sam Brownback (R-Kansas) criticized the UN Human Rights Commission for avoiding to chastise Iran on human rights violations. He said despite clear evidence of violations of Iran and China, the UNHRC failed to condemn them. It was regrettable that the European countries, led by the EU, decided not to introduce a resolution on Iran in the Geneva session of the UNHRC, he added in a statement.

•The day-long human rights conference to be held on April 25 in Tehran should be called a ”human rights theater,” considering that no positive change has taken place in the human rights conditions of the Iranians, US-based human rights activist Mandana Zand-Karimi tells Radio Farda. The number of prisoners have increased and today we see that even 70 year old men are being held in jails and tortured, she adds. Iran's holding a conference on human rights with the participation of human rights lawyers and activists from around the world reads more as a script for comedy than a tragedy, she adds. In such a conference, those who live in Iran would not say anything out of fear, and the European countries would be silent for economic reasons, she says. We should call the April 25 conference in Tehran “The Theater of Human Rights Trampling,” she adds. (Parichehr Farzam)

Foreign Minister Meets Italian Prime Minister

•Judging by the short and cold statement issued by Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi's office, Italian reporters said the one-hour meeting Sunday night between Berlusconi and foreign minister Kamal Kharrazi failed to advance Italy's goal of obtaining the release of three Italian nationals who were taken hostage by Iraqi insurgents. Italy had pinned great hopes on Iran's intervention in the crisis, during which at least one Italian hostage has been killed by his captors. Italian sources say in his meeting with the Italian prime minister, Kharrazi did not offer anything positive on the standoff in Najaf between followers of radical cleric Moqtada Sadr and the US forces. Rome and Tehran also disagree on the recent killing in Gaza of the head of radical Islamic Palestinian group Hamas by the Israeli forces. Iran's nuclear program, another issue dividing Iran and Italy, was not discussed in the meeting. Foreign minister Franco Frattini will discuss that issue with Kharrazi in their meeting planned for Monday morning. (Ahmad Ra'fat, Rome)

•Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi has accepted an invitation to visit Iran this year, according to an official statement issued Sunday following his meeting here with Kharrazi. Berlusconi would like “Iran to be able to play a positive role -- even in the current situation -- in the stabilization process in Iraq and, more generally, in the whole of the Middle Eastern region,” the statement said.

•Foreign minister Kharrazi told the Italian prime minister on Sunday that Tehran was ready to use its influence on the Iraqi Shiites in exchange for Rome's mediation between Tehran and Washington, Italian daily Il Corrierre della Sera reported today. (Ahmad Ra'fat, Rome)

•Foreign ministry spokesman Hamid-Reza Asefi on Monday dismissed press reports that Tehran had sought Rome's mediation with Washington. Asefi rejected Italian daily Courriere Della Sera's claim and said, “there has been no call on Italy for mediation and principally, ties between Iran and the US depend on change in Washington's approach and there is no need for mediation.”

•Iran's mediation in Iraq would bring Iran and the US closer together, Paris daily Liberation writes.

Khatami's Sudden Cabinet Shuffle

•President Khatami ousted his finance and economic affairs minister Tahmasb Mazheri quite unceremoniously, and replaced him with labor minister Safdar Hosseini. The cabinet shuffle raised many questions among economic observers in Tehran. Some blamed Mazeheri's ouster on his disputes with head of the management and planning organization Mohammad Sattarifar, but disputes among the cabinet's economic team have been brewing for a long time, and, if vice president Abtahi is to be believed, Sattarifar too has been pushed out. It is interesting that head of the Tehran chamber of commerce Alineqi Khamoushi, close to the right wing party Jam'iat Mo'talefeh Eslami, has praised Mazaheri as the best finance minister in the past 25 years. It may not be clear why Mazaheri was sacked, but it is clear that sudden management changes like this do not add to investors' confidence. (Fereydoun Khavand)

•Khatami named Isfahan reformist MP Naser Khaleqi, a member of the Participation Front party, to the labor ministry, as Safdar Hosseini's replacement Hosseini was good for the labor community, head of the association of Islamic labor councils of the Tehran province Parviz Ahmadi tells Radio Farda. He established good relations between the labor ministry and labor organizations, including the national association of Islamic labor councils, which is the biggest one, he adds. His departure from the labor ministry was unexpected, he says. The new labor minister had good relations with the Islamic labor councils at their formation, when he was at the Sharif University, and later as an MP from Isfahan. (Fereydoun Zarnegar)

US Holds 50 Canadian MKO Members

•There are 50 Canadian passport holders among the 3400 members of the Iraq-based anti-regime group the Mojahedin Khalq Organization (MKO) held under the US Forces' surveillance in Ashraf, a camp near Iranian border, Canadian daily the National Post reports. (Maryam Aghvami)

Conservatives Suggest A New Beginning With A New Name

•In last February's Majles elections, the conservative faction of the Islamic Republic campaigned the name of Iran builders coalition (Abadgaran). The new name means that the conservatives want to distance themselves from their past unpopularity, Tehran University political science professor Sadeq Zibakalam tells Radio Farda. They will try to create a new climate in the country's political atmosphere, he adds. The conservatives want to take advantage of the people's disaffection with the reformists, he says. They are responding to the people's expectation for change by introducing new faces and a new name, he adds. (Shahran Tabari, London)

Albany Couple Report On 3 Years In Iran

•From the summer of 2001 until last February when they returned home, Wally and Evie Shellenberger had a unique view of the events involving the US and the Muslim world, Albany's Democrat-Herald reports in an article by Les Gehrett. They lived during this time in Qum, a center for the study of the Shiite branch of Islam. “Whenever people met us and realized we were from the US, they were very excited, eager to talk about the US,” said Wally Shellenberger, a 65-year old psychiatrist.


Qum Torn By Sadr's Conduct

•“Events in neighboring Iraq have shaken Qum, holy seminary city south of Tehran -- among the most important cities of the Shiite faith, columnist Borzou Daragahi writes for New Jersey's Star-Ledger. Among the Shi'a clergy here, home to the shrine of the sister of a Shi'a saint, the clergy were divided as to whether to support Sadr's stand against the Americans or to blame him for inciting violence, he adds.

Outgoing MP Highlights the Supreme Leader's Anti-Reform Role

•In his resignation speech yesterday at the Majles, deputy speaker Behrzad Nabavi highlighted the role he said he Supreme Leader played to block the reformist agenda of the Majles and Khatami's government. He said the Supreme Leader backed Khatami's rival in the 1996 presidential elections, and since the reformists won the Majles majority, they were not given any opportunity to discuss their views about the system's shortcomings with the Supreme Leader, and have received no response to their many letters to the Supreme Leader, Nabavi said. However, Nabavi said the resignations of 130 Majles reformists did not mean an exit from politics, and they would participate in any “free” elections. Nabavi and other reformists turned in their resignations before the February 20 elections to protest against the Guardians Council's ban on their reelection. The Majles voted yesterday to approve Nabavi's resignation. (Mehdi Khalaji)

Prison Guards Chain Veteran Journalist to Hospital Bed

•The guards in the Evin prison have chained veteran journalist Siamak Pourzand, 74, to a bed in the prison's hospital and deny him access to outside doctors and hospitals, his Paris-based brother Lohrasb Pourzand tells Radio Farda. Pourzand, who went into coma last week after suffering from a heart attack, was brought in by two guards yesterday to a visit in jail with his sister, but the visit was cut short, due to Pourzand's poor health, Lohrasb adds. Siamak told his sister that the visit could be their last, Pourzand's brother says, blaming the Islamic Republic for “whatever happens to him.” (Mir-Ali Hosseini, Paris)

Human Rights Groups In Berlin Invite Supporters To Unveiling Of Anti-Terrorism Plaque

•Twenty human rights groups in Germany invited their supporters to join in the ceremony on April 20 for unveiling of a commemorative plaque next to Berlin's Mykonos restaurant, where a German court said three leaders of the Iranian Kurdish Democratic Party were gunned down 12 years ago by orders from the Islamic Republic officials. The plaque will be a reminder of the human rights conditions in Iran, spokesman of the society to defend political prisoners in Iran Bahram Bigdali tells Radio Farda. The courageous ruling of the German judge in the Mykonos case was groundbreaking and a turning point in the fight against the terrorism sponsored by the Islamic Republic. (Shahram Mirian, Cologne)

http://www.radiofarda.com/transcripts/topstory/2004/04/20040419_1530_0535_0804_EN.asp
19 posted on 04/20/2004 3:17:02 PM PDT by freedom44
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