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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 05/02/2004 9:00:53 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 05/02/2004 9:03:32 PM PDT by DoctorZIn (Until they are Free, "We shall all be Iranians!")
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Al-Sadr's Spiritual Mentor Cool On Confrontation With US

May 02, 2004
Dow Jones Newswires
The Associated Press

QOM, Iran -- The spiritual mentor of a radical Shiite Muslim cleric fighting U.S. forces in Iraq distanced himself Sunday from the militia attacks of his protege, Muqtada al-Sadr, saying through his top aide it isn't time - at least not yet - for military confrontation with the U.S.

But thousands of followers of Grand Ayatollah Kazem al-Hosseini al-Haeri are returning to Iraq with a message from him encouraging Iraqis to reject U.S. occupation and warning the U.S.-led occupying forces to avoid disrespecting Muslim holy sites in Iraq.

"His Eminence has not issued any fatwa (religious edit) to engage in military confrontation with the U.S.-led occupying forces," al-Haeri's younger brother and closest adviser, Mohammad Hossein al-Hossein al-Haeri, told The Associated Press in an interview Sunday.

"The time is not ripe for that," he said. The younger al-Haeri, who also is a cleric, was speaking on behalf of the grand ayatollah, who doesn't generally meet journalists.

The call came as militiamen loyal to al-Sadr attacked a U.S. convoy Sunday morning between the southern cities of Basra and Amarah. There was no immediate word on casualties.

The night before, militiamen clashed with U.K. troops for several hours in Amarah, first attacking a patrol then firing rocket-propelled grenades at the U.K. base. Five Iraqis were killed and six U.K. soldiers were wounded in the gunbattles. On Sunday morning, al-Sadr forces fired mortars at the U.S. base in Najaf, causing no damage or casualties.

"As far as we are not forced into a confrontation, the ayatollah doesn't agree to fighting," al-Haeri said.

However, al-Haeri said trampling the dignity of Iraqis and attacking holy shrines in Iraq may give enough justification for the ayatollah to call for Jihad against Americans.

"We have not reached that point yet," he said.

Despite the differing views, al-Haeri refused to openly criticize Sadr.

The elder al-Haeri was the closest adviser to Sadr's father, Ayatollah Muhammad Baqer al-Sadr and effectively succeeded him. He is known as the spiritual father of Muqtada al-Sadr, but it was not clear how the difference of opinions on military confrontation with the U.S. affected their relationship.

Shiite Muslim leaders in Iran don't encourage military confrontation with the U.S., instead calling for a political solution to get the U.S.-led coalition forces out of Iraq.

Hundreds of Iraqi pilgrims visiting al-Haeri's offices in Qom, 130 kilometers south of the capital Tehran, are returning to Iraq with a strong message written in Arabic from their leader.

"From the very beginning, I was convinced that U.S.-led forces didn't come to Iraq to bring freedom but occupation. Now, it has been proved," said the written statement from the grand ayatollah. Officials at al-Haeri's office are distributing the statement to the visiting Iraqi pilgrims.

"Americans have killed many Iraqis in the name of freedom and democracy. Where is that democracy? We warn the U.S. not to trample the dignity of the Iraqi people and avoid disrespecting Islamic sanctities," the statement said.

http://online.wsj.com/public/us
3 posted on 05/02/2004 9:04:16 PM PDT by DoctorZIn (Until they are Free, "We shall all be Iranians!")
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UN Rights Group Ignores Iran

May 02, 2004
VOA News
Voice of America Press Releases and Documents

Radio Scripts - EDITORIAL 0-11318

Anncr: Next, an editorial reflecting the views of the United States Government:

The annual session of the United Nations Human Rights Commission has ended in Geneva with no rebuke of Iran. The commission's silence comes after a year of particularly grievous violations by Tehran's Islamic fundamentalist regime: the beating to death of Canadian-Iranian photojournalist Zahra Kazemi [zah-RAH kah-zeh-MEE] while in government custody; the disqualification of thousands of electoral candidates; the closing of independent newspapers and journals; the imprisonment of journalists, students, and other reformers; sentencing dissidents to be flogged or killed.

Basic human rights are denied by law in Iran. As one of the commission's own working groups reported, Iran's legal system stipulates that "evidence by a man is equivalent to that of two women"; punishments for sins "against divine law" are "the death penalty, crucifixion, stoning, amputation of the right hand and, for repeat offenses, the left foot, flogging"; "criminal proceedings in their entirety are...concentrated in the hands of a single person since the judge prosecutes, investigates, and decides the case."

Unlike the U-N Human Rights Commission, Ambeyi Ligabo, the U-N's Special Rapporteur on freedom of opinion and expression, has not been silent about human rights abuses in Iran. In January, after a visit to Iran, Mr. Ligabo issued a report that described the "climate of fear induced by the systematic repression of people expressing critical views against the authorized political and religious doctrine." He said that the severity of the sentences imposed by the government has led to "self-censorship among many journalists, intellectuals, politicians, students, and the population at large." In light of these findings, Mr. Ligabo recommended visits to Iran by the U-N's Special Rapporteur on the question of torture and by the Special Rapporteur on the independence of judges and lawyers.

President George W. Bush says that despite such abuses, the desire for liberty is alive in Iran:

(ACT: 10 DALET: POLICY/ACTUALITIES) "In the face of harsh repression, Iranians are courageously speaking out for democracy and the rule of law and human rights." (END ACT)

The U.S., says Mr. Bush, strongly supports the aspirations of Iranians for freedom.

Anncr: That was an editorial reflecting the views of the United States Government. For a transcript of this and other V-O-A editorials, or to receive editorials by email, visit the V-O-A Editorials internet home page at www-dot-voanews-dot-com-slash-editorials.

http://www.voanews.com/Editorials/
4 posted on 05/02/2004 9:05:01 PM PDT by DoctorZIn (Until they are Free, "We shall all be Iranians!")
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Iranian Judiciary Allows Seven Jailed Dissidents to go on Leave

May 02, 2004
Agence France Presse
afp.com

TEHRAN -- Iranian hardline judiciary authorities in a rare move have allowed seven prominent dissidents jailed for speaking out against the regime and students jailed during unrest in 1999 to go on leave, the Iranian daily Shargh reported on Sunday.

According to the paper, Akbar Ganji, who was jailed in 2000 after he alleged top regime officials were behind a spate of grisly serial murders of dissidents, was given seven days of leave starting Saturday.

Ahmad Batebi, Nasser Zarafshan and Akbar Mohammadi were each given five days out of prison.

However Mohammad Salamati, a leader of one of the most outspoken pro-reform parties, the Mujahedeen of the Islamic Revolution, appeared Sunday before a Tehran court.

He was summoned in particular for taking the defence of Hashem Aghajari, an academic still awaiting a review of a death sentence for a controversial speech querying the supremacy of the clergy.

Batebi had been initially condemned to death for his participation in the demonstration in 1999 where he was featured on a famous photograph holding aloft a blood-soaked T-shirt. His sentence was revised to 13 years imprisonment.

In August 2002, Zarafshan, a prominent lawyer was sentenced to five years in prison and 50 lashes for "distributing secret information".

He was the legal representative of the Forouhar and Pouyandeh families, three of whose members were killed in a series of murders officially attributed to "rogue" intelligence ministry agents in November 1998.

Akbar Mohammadi was originally sentenced to death for "mohareb" (warring against God) for his role in the 1999 student demonstrations, and is currently serving a reduced term of 15 years.

Reza Alijani, Hoda Saber and Taghi Rahmani, who are members of Iran's liberal opposition, were also given a week's leave.

They were imprisoned on charges of seeking to topple the Islamic republic's regime.

The measures were announced a few days after judiciary head Ayatollah Mahmoud Hashemi Shahroudi, published a series of directives to strengthen the rights of the detainees, including banning torture during interrogation.

Shahroudi stressed the principle of presumption of innocence and respect for legality, the right of detainees to have a lawyers, and condemned abuse of power and improper imprisonment.

The moves also come amid the resurfacing of debate on whether there are political prisoners in Iran or not.

http://www.afp.com/english/home/
5 posted on 05/02/2004 9:05:51 PM PDT by DoctorZIn (Until they are Free, "We shall all be Iranians!")
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Iranian TV Series Based on the Protocols of the Elders of Zion and the Jewish Control of Hollywood

April 30, 2004 No.705

Throughout the first two weeks of April, the Iranian TV station Al-Alam aired a documentary titled Al-Sameri wa Al-Saher. The series purports to explain how the Jews control Hollywood by the directives set out in The Protocols of the Elders of Zion. The following are excerpts from the documentary: [1]

The False Myth About the Murder of Six Million Jews

"The most important film produced under Zionist guidance in the 60s was called Operation Eichmann. This film completed the false myth about the murder of six million Jews in the hands of the Nazis.

"But the film producers did not mention his provocative trial on December 17 1961. This is because of what Eichmann said about the German Jews' expulsion and killing: 'I was only carrying out the orders of the Zionists. They asked me to gather the Jews in a specific place in the world, using expulsion or murder. First, their target was Poland, then Madagascar, but in the end they chose the Middle East. If I am guilty of the so-called

killing of 6 million Jews then the Zionist leaders are much guiltier than I am. This is because they wanted to silence the world under the pretext that if they had stayed in Germany they would have been killed. Because they don't have a country they are forced to occupy other people's land. And that is what they did.' The Zionist authorities finished the trial quickly to avoid further commotion. They hanged Adolf Eichmann in 1962 so the secrets of the collaboration between the Zionists and the Nazis would remain hidden.

"The plot of the film [Funny Girl] served to introduce the ugly Jewish actress Barbra Streisand, who played the role of Fanny Brice. Films portraying a positive image of the Jews appeared in early 1980's. Among those were the third version of The Jazz Singer, The Shout from 1981 directed by Valentino, and the film Tootsie, in 1982, directed by Sydney Pollack.

"The movie Yentl which Barbra Streisand starred in and produced in 1983, dealt with the Zionists' wish to benefit from feminism, the new women's movement, as time goes by.

"Awarding Driving Miss Daisy the Oscar for best picture in 1989 strengthened this conservative Jewish trend. The film Driving Miss Daisy tells of an old Jewish woman and her black driver. In the beginning, the old woman hates the driver, but in the end she establishes a friendly relationship with him.

The Jews Control of the Music, Movie, and Arts Industries

"Dr. Muhammad Madad Bour, university professor: 'Modern music was invented by the Christians, but the Jews took control over its industry. Cinema was invented by the Christians – Edison or the French Lormier brothers – but the Jews took control over its industry. The same goes for painting. Modern painting was invented by the Christians. The Christian message is very clear but the Jews control all the exhibitions. The art trade market is in their hands.

"'Note that generally they have never been creative. Note the factories, there are no Jews there. But on the other hand, we see that most management and service companies in the West and most banks are held by Jews.

"'They wrote the human rights laws, so they can do what ever they wish. They worked to destroy the holy places, reject religion, religious schools of thought, and morale. They suggested in their protocols that people's beliefs should be destroyed, so the people would have no faith and then they would become their captives and putty in their hands.

Globalization Means 'Judaize the World'

"'One of their short-term plans is establishing this Zionist state. In fact, the Israeli plan is a short-term one within the greater plan - globalization. First, they say globalization, and then they will begin to Judaize the world. Today, there is competition in trade and economic globalization without taking justice into account. Those who struggle against this plan are the non–Jews. The Jews defend the globalization, from which the poor suffer and so they resist it.'

"Nader Taleb Zada, producer: 'In the 20th century, we witnessed the establishment of a superpower, two, or more. Cinema had to make progress in a way that benefited them. So, it was only natural that cinema should fall in the hands of the World Zionists, imperialism, and the very wealthy, who are mostly Jews, and of course Zionists.

Jews Use Films to Spread Plagues

"'Today, using cinema, one can infiltrate all homes. Using cinema, one can enslave many of the skills and powers.'

"Majed Shah Huseini, critic: 'Today, many new films dictate the same concepts. One of these methods is presenting religious concepts through cinema, according to the biblical approach, like Satan, Judgment Day, Heaven and Hell. Toady, these concepts appear in many films; I don't want to mention which because I don't want to promote Hollywood films. But it is obvious that many viewers are familiar with many of these films. A different issue is that their moral perspective is superficial. They spread tolerance and disregard of morality amongst other nations but not among themselves. They know that by doing so they are spreading a plague. They, of course, protect themselves from it, but they have no objection to spreading this plague among others, be the consequences as they may.

"'Their other position relates to science fiction. They always create imaginary threats to Earth on which we safely live. They speak of alien creatures, occurrences in outer space, and metaphysical catastrophe that will happen and affect our lives. Hollywood cinema, and to a great extent the Jewish companies in Hollywood, are trying very hard, using extraterrestrial threats, to portray a certain image of stability in the world.

"'In [Independence Day] the first catastrophe occurs in Iraq. Meaning, this force struck the first blow on an Arab Muslim country. Now, America, as a representative of the planet, is required to do something against this threat from outer space. This is how they dictate to the viewer that America is the savior and that it is the only one who needs to save everyone and the others are unimportant.'

"The Matrix was a meeting point between Hollywood and Jewish Zionist fundamentalism. In using The Matrix, the Wachowski brothers tried to embellish the ugly image of the State of Israel and to introduce the Zionist society as a utopian future society. The plot for The Matrix is derived from the teachings of Gush Emunim, or the fundamental Zionists. The agents' purpose in The Matrix is to arrest the resistance leader, Morpheus, in order to eliminate the Zionist resistance movement by obtaining the entrance code to its network. In the film The Matrix, Zion is regarded as the only sanctuary and as the center of human resistance in the third millennium. The film indirectly suggests to the viewers that all other beliefs and ideologies are null and void. This is the Zionist racism, which wants everything for itself and does not conceive of non-Jews as deserving to live and prosper. This is only a miniscule part of the proof of the political, religious, and biblical aspects of The Matrix.

"'This is the fundamental Zionist Jews' way; they try to distribute the idea of biblical justice and to rebuild the Holy Temple by using the traditional extremists. But still there remain people around the world who do not let them lurk in the dark. Likewise, history shows that the peoples don't let oppressors go unpunished.

"'The Korean War proved that any individual who is not of the American white race is considered by the American rulers and Hollywood producers as of backward culture and as a source of fear for Western society. Hollywood, ever since wealthy Jews had created it, has worked to cultivate this perception using its various films.

The Protocols of the Elders of Zion Guarantee Zionist Victory

"'This is because it saw this perception as in total compliance with the Protocols of the Elders of Zion and as a guarantee of the Zionist victory. With time, this perception created new sources of fear: beginning with Arabian Bedouin tribes and ending with alien creatures coming from outer space and always landing in American cities.

"'Each time, their death was described in a more fanciful and gleeful way in accordance with the first and ninth protocols:

"'The best results that can be achieved through our control of non-Jews are obtainable through violence and assassination, not through academic debates, because by nature, truth is with the mighty. We will resist any plot against us and kill mercilessly anyone who turns to armed struggle in an attempt destabilize our country."

"The Arabs are portrayed in [Lawrence of Arabia] as inept, stupid, and illogical facing technology and new inventions. This ploy fits the content of the fourteenth protocol regarding the non-Jewish nations: "Non-Jewish nations must not forget that they are worthless and cannot understand the depth of issues. Only we, the Jews understand political issues. God prepared us for this through the torments our generations have been through."

"In the film Lawrence of Arabia, an emphasis is put on one of the Zionist goals written in the first of The Protocols of the Elders of Zion, and that is the role the Zionists and their agents play in sparking riots or revolutions under the slogan of liberty around the world.

"In this film, Lawrence was sent to the Arabs for that purpose: 'Political liberty is only an ideology that has no external existence. But every one of us must know how to derive benefits from this trap so they can draw the masses and thus wipe out the opposing ruling party.'

"When the Zionists convened their special congress in 1897 in Basel, Switzerland, a group of Czarist Russian policemen set fire to the congress hall. The Jews taking part in the congress fled out of fear of the fire. The policemen collected the documents, lists and protocols of the meeting that were lying on the desks and transferred them to Moscow. They found among these writings what was later called The Protocols of the Elders of Zion. The Protocols were divided into 24 parts and included the satanic Jewish ideas of taking over the world using a Jewish government, after destroying all of Orthodox Russia, Catholic Europe, the pope's reign, and Islam."

http://www.memri.org/bin/latestnews.cgi?ID=SD70504
7 posted on 05/02/2004 9:09:09 PM PDT by DoctorZIn (Until they are Free, "We shall all be Iranians!")
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Khatami urges "new type of filtering" for electronic media

BBC - Monitoring Service
May 2, 2004

Text of report in English by Iranian news agency IRNA web site

Tehran, 2 May: President Mohammad Khatami said on Sunday [2 May] that freedom is the strongest pillar of progress and development of character of human being. He said in his address to the inaugural ceremony of International Book Fair that in terms of religious obligations also, freedom and free choice are prerequisites.

"Freedom brings responsibility and the philosophy of freedom in democratic societies does not mean lawlessness," President Khatami said. Book is the oldest and the best means of communication and holding the International Book Fair is a major step towards developing the culture of reading, he said.

Referring to the spread of electronic media, he said access to books have become easy, but filtering them has become difficult at the same time.

"In the era of electronic media, we need a new type of 'filtering' to ensure safety of the society which we need for progress.

"We should encourage public conscience to distinguish between 'right from wrong' and 'useful from harmful'," President Khatami pointed out.

He expressed concern about the fact that developed states enjoying upper hand in electronic media have launched wide-scale offensive against national cultures and termed it as 'electronic tyranny'.

President Khatami complained that his theory of Dialogue of Civilizations was sidelined by the philosophy of warmongering and creating insecurity.

"If Iran's proposal to the international community had been paid due attention, the US invasion of Iraq would not have happened," he said.

"Politicians, intellectuals and thinkers welcomed the proposal to hold dialogue of civilizations, tens of centres were set up in the big countries for the purpose and tens of seminars and conferences were held with the agenda of dialogue," he added.

He said that he would follow up Dialogue of Civilizations at an appropriate time in the future. "Establishment of democracy in the international community is inter-linked to Dialogue of Civilizations and that democracy will be established in the global level once all the countries enjoy democracy in line with national and cultural values," he said.

"The hegemonic powers cannot help establish democracy in the international community. They are more dangerous than apartheid regime for the world. The philosophy of hegemony will drive the world to fascism," President Khatami said.

In the international community, none of the governments has the right to impose its demand on other nations from position of superiority, President Khatami said.

"The world community is suffering from plunder of the very basic rights of human beings by the so-called advocates of human rights," he said.

"I hope the Dialogue of Civilization will help establish a civil society in the world community and restore ethical standards in international relations with the support of intellectuals and thinkers, not by the powerful politicians," President Khatami concluded.

Source: IRNA web site, Tehran, in English 1528 gmt 2 May 04

http://www.daneshjoo.org/generalnews/article/publish/article_6014.shtml
8 posted on 05/02/2004 9:12:31 PM PDT by DoctorZIn (Until they are Free, "We shall all be Iranians!")
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Before we pull out of Iraq, we MUST help engineer a popular reolt in Iran and destroy the Baathists in Syria.

Anything less would be a partial victory. We should give revolting Iranians ANYTHING they need to defang the lunatic ayatollahs with nuclear bombs.
11 posted on 05/03/2004 4:09:28 AM PDT by ZULU
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Something I ran across
AKUNEWS
http://akunews-blog.persianblog.com/

We Will Become Liberated Without Violence
Today, while writing this declaration, we are ashamed of not being in prison and we are disgraced not being under your torture. We are suffering to see that our friends, who together were practicing day and night lessons of passive resistance and nonviolence, are in solitary confinement in your prisons under the most savage physical and mental torture.

Until yesterday Mehdi Habibi, Abdollah Momeni, Amin Zadeh, Ameri Nasab, Hojjat Sharifi, Arash Hashemi, Bagher Oskooi, and others were one with us in peaceful protest. Now their days and nights are spent in the dark prison cells that have borrowed darkness from your conscience. We will continue the path that we started together with them and in honor of them. We will never forget the promise we made to each other, that one has only to tolerate—not instigate—the violence in order to achieve peace. We tell you, as they do, that your sickle is rusted!

As you uselessly try to muffle my song,
I will sing stronger than ever.

We tell you that we will counter your readiness and eagerness to inflict pain with our strength for tolerance of pain. We will balance your power of imprisonment, torture, harm and hurt with our moral strength and we will without an ounce of hatred. However, we will never let you proudly attack and lash us, and smile victoriously at the sight of our bloodied bodies.

We are talking to YOU!
Imprison us, torture us, and extract confessions from us. Expel, imprison, exile and even execute our professors. Destroy and set fire to our houses. Make us bloody and drag us in our own blood to your torture chambers. Beat us and leave our bloodied bodies alone. We will endure and will never hate you! We will never slap your face. When you stab our side, we will never swear at you. When you throw us out from the third floor, we will answer your violence with tolerance. We will continue to tolerate pain and torture until your acts of cruelty, past and present, returns to haunt you! This is our campaign. We see freedom in nonviolence and you see power in violence. We swear that we will stand with no violence against your power, even in the face of your torture, stabs and lashes.

In pursuing freedom, we will never take arms, we will never assassinate, we will never torture. We know well that violence is bad, assassination is ugly, and torture is painful. We have learned patience and tolerance in our doctrine. There will be an ease after every hardship.
We will campaign with our honesty, our clean conscience and our minds. Our campaign is the tolerance of your torture. We will wait and tolerate the pain so long that we make your conscience, darkened for the last few decades, wake up from ignorance.

We will tolerate pain but not complain, suffer torture but not shout. We will continue until the world testifies to our innocence, and until your black conscience testifies to your cruelty. Then your nights will be filled with nightmares of your own torture cells, nightmares of the lashes you inflicted on our tired bodies, and you will not rest any more. Be certain that tomorrow, even if you are still in power, you will not be able to spend your nights without nightmares reflecting on the muffled cries and open wounds of the youth of this land.

We will tolerate pain until your conscience arises from its poisoned slumber and until you are obliged to yield to the people to relieve your guilty consciences. Tomorrow, at the time of the people’s victory and when you have fallen from the pedestal of power to the dark well of disgrace, we will be there to welcome you and show you again that we abhor violence, we do not even hate you, our torturers, and we will forgive you without any reward. Although we will never hate you, we can not forget you because the wounds you have inflicted will never heal.

We will continue to campaign without violence in order to prove to the world that violence should not be responded by violence, and cruelty is not the proper answer against cruelty. We would like to show that violence, in any shape or form and under any cover up - torturer or tortured, oppressor or oppressed - is condemned. We will become liberated without violence!

Islamic Society of Students of Amir Kabir Technical University
(Tehran/Iran)
July 2003


also this
blogs x iranians
http://www.blogsbyiranians.com/
15 posted on 05/03/2004 8:21:58 AM PDT by Valin (Hating people is like burning down your house to kill a rat)
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Regime backs off following popular protest

SMCCDI (Information Service)
May 3, 2004

The Islamic regime backed off from one of its repressive diectives following the violent clashes which rocked the Shahrara district of the Capital on Saturday. The clashes happened when the regime's anti-riot units and plainclothes agents intervened in order to smash a peaceful popular rally held in front of the "Passeport Office".

Clubs and tear gas were used against tens of demonstrators who denounced the persistent repression and a official directive which stipulated that those intending to leave the country must have their new ID card with Electronic code in order to obtain their passeports.

Slogans against the regime and its leaders were shouted by the protesters despite the violent attack leading to the injuries and arrests of several protesters. But the action forced, in an unprededented manner, the regime to postpone "officially" the execution of the new directive in order to win time.

Its mouthpieces declared, yesterday, that having the new cards is not more an absolute criteria in order to be able to obtain the necessary paperworks for leaving the country.

Doted with German technology, the regime is proceeding to the detailled identification and classification of millions of Iranians for a better control.

http://www.daneshjoo.org/generalnews/article/publish/article_6026.shtml
16 posted on 05/03/2004 8:35:57 AM PDT by DoctorZIn (Until they are Free, "We shall all be Iranians!")
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Report: Syria Nabs Mossad Men Planning to Kill Hamas Leader

May 03, 2004
Ha'aretz
Haaretz.com

Syria recently thwarted a second attempt by the Israeli Mossad espionage agency to killed Hamas leader Khaled Meshal, the Tehran Times reported Monday.

Quoting "reliable sources," the paper claims that five Yemenite Jews, disguised as Muslims, participated in a ceremony in Damascus to commemorate assassinated Hamas leader Abed al-Aziz Rantisi.

The paper claims that the five entered the Yarmook camp in Damascus to meet Meshal and Mousa Abu Marzook, a high-ranking member of the Hamas political office.

The five were dispatched by the Mossad, the paper claims, to assassinate the two top Hamas officials, but were nabbed by Meshal's bodyguards.

The five men are currently being held by the Syrian security forces, according to the report, but have still not been identified. They said during questioning that entered Syria through Jordan and were sent by the Mossad to kill the Hamas officials.

An attempt to assassinate Meshal was foiled in 1997 when two Mossad agents were caught in Jordan with forged Canadian passports. They were released a few days later and sent back to Israel.

http://www.haaretz.com/hasen/pages/ShArt.jhtml?itemNo=423003&contrassID=1&subContrassID=5&sbSubContrassID=0&listSrc=Y
17 posted on 05/03/2004 8:36:40 AM PDT by DoctorZIn (Until they are Free, "We shall all be Iranians!")
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Nobel Winner to Visit US, May Hold Talks with Bush Administration

May 03, 2004
Agence France Presse
afp.com

TEHRAN -- Nobel Peace Prize winner and Iranian rights campaigner Shirin Ebadi is to visit the United States in the coming days and may meet members of George W. Bush's administration, a colleague told AFP Monday.

"She is replying to a number of invitations from universities and non-governmental organizations, and if the situation requires she may talk to the US administration for the purpose of human rights," Mohammad Ali Dadkhah said.

This would be the human rights lawyer's first visit to the United States since she won the Nobel Peace Prize prize in December. She is a supporter of dialogue between Tehran and Washington, which have no diplomatic ties, to improve relations.

Dadkhah said that Ebadi is currently in Vancouver, Canada, and would go on to the United States from there, adding: "She will speak about the human rights issues in three different states and will talk to United Nations officials who deal with human rights issues."

He gave no additional details.

On April 14, Ebadi criticised the failure of the top UN human rights body to examine events in Iran, saying it was an insult to fellow democrats in her home country.

She was in Geneva attending the commission's annual meeting and to support a report by the Paris-based International Federation for Human Rights (FIDH) on human rights defenders.

http://www.afp.com/english/home/
18 posted on 05/03/2004 8:37:17 AM PDT by DoctorZIn (Until they are Free, "We shall all be Iranians!")
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Iran to Send Home Belgium Embassy Girls

May 03, 2004
Reuters
Reuters News

TEHRAN -- Two girls who took refuge in the Belgian embassy in Iran last year will be allowed to return to Belgium with their mother, an Iranian newspaper said on Monday.

Yasmine Pourhashemi, 15, and her six-year-old sister Sara were abducted by their father during a holiday in Greece and taken to Tehran. In December they eluded him and took refuge at the Belgian embassy.

"The mother was allowed to return the girls to Belgium after Iran's foreign ministry mediated in the custody case," the Etemad newspaper said.

Neither Iranian nor Belgium officials were immediately available for comment.

Last year Belgium issued an international arrest warrant on kidnapping charges for the father, Shahab Salami, who took the girls without their Belgian resident mother Zarah's permission.

The Iranian judge in charge of the case said last year that the mother had to pursue the case through the Iranian law, which gives the father custody of girls aged seven and over.

The mother travelled to Iran to resolve the case at the risk of facing a possible travel ban by her husband, the paper said. Under Iranian law, women need their husband's permission to leave the country.

Based on the agreement in Tehran, the father would have free and easy access to the girls in Belgium, the paper said.

Both parents and children have dual Belgian and Iranian citizenship. But the parents' divorce and the mother's custody rights granted by a Belgian court are not recognised in Iran. Nor does Iran recognise dual nationality.

Belgian Foreign Minister Louis Michel travelled to Iran in March to help resolve the case.

http://www.reuters.com/
19 posted on 05/03/2004 8:38:28 AM PDT by DoctorZIn (Until they are Free, "We shall all be Iranians!")
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Many Dreams and A Nightmare

May 03, 2004
Iran va Jahan
Shahla Samii

On August 28, 1963, on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial in Washington, D.C., Martin Luther King, Jr. delivered his famous I Have a Dream speech. He referred to the Emancipation Proclamation of 100 years earlier, which was to have been a great beacon of light for millions of slaves. It had not happened, so in his speech Martin Luther King, Jr. eloquently reminded America of the promise that all men are guaranteed the 'inalienable rights of life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness'. He said: "I have a dream that one day this nation will rise up and live out the true meaning of its creed ... "

This was a wise and moving speech, one that today could be given anywhere in the world where such freedoms and rights are lacking.

Four decades later, on April 27, 2004, South Africa celebrated ten years of all-race democracy. Nelson Mandela's dream from a prison cell to liberate his nation and bring democracy to South Africa for its entire people has resulted in a lasting legacy ... a dream realized. At this ten-year anniversary, current South African president Thabo Mbeki said: " ... it is today impossible to imagine a South Africa that is not a democratic South Africa. Nobody in our country today views democracy as a threat to their interests and their future."

Quarter of a century earlier, on February 1, 1979, Ruhollah Khomeini returned from exile to Iran after having planned, instigated and succeeded in turning a nation against the monarchy and the Shah, Mohammad Reza Pahlavi. The revolution he started from exile promised the people of Iran social justice and a better future, and he vowed to act as a spiritual leader to the nation, leaving politics to an elected President and parliament. Instead, he became the founder of a theocratic Shiite State and ruled Iran for ten years from the Shah's overthrow to his own death in 1989. Khomeini had proclaimed himself Head of State for life, Leader of the Revolution, Supreme Spiritual Leader, and in passing, his ghost maintains all those qualities in his ever-present depictions across Iran.

Ruhollah Khomeini ended the Westernized society that had existed in Iran and replaced it with a strict Shia Islamic Shari'a Law. Women lost many of their rights as equal citizens and had Islamic dress code imposed on them. The new system curtailed freedom of press and speech for all citizens. Former politicians and military personnel were executed. Political dissidents were imprisoned and tortured. Systematic human rights abuses became prevalent.

Within the first year, Khomeini's followers took 52 Americans hostages and held them for 444 days.

Shortly after taking power, Khomeini began calling for similar Islamic revolutions across the Middle East. Fearful of the spread of Khomeini's militant brand of Shi'ism, Saddam Hussein of Iraq invaded Iran and started a devastating decade long war. This embroiled Iran in what the regime called a " jihad " , where over one million Iranians died and many were maimed by chemical and biological weapons. Patriotism and nationalism united the people. This war became the main reason and impediment against Khomeini and the mullahs in Iran from exporting their revolution to neighboring countries. However, the plan was never put to rest; it was just postponed!

On June 3, 1989, Khomeini died of internal bleeding. It is said that more than a million Iranians gathered to mourn him on that day.

It is a good lesson in history to recall that during the first year of Khomeini's rule, unusually flattering statements were expressed about him around the world.

1. "Islamic government" could initiate a new "political spirituality" and "transfiguration" of the world, the sort unknown in the West since the rise of modernity. Michael Foucault - Opinion

2. "The Islamic Revolution of Iran presented a new example of perfect human beings and society..." Roger Garaudy - French intellectual and Holocaust denier

3. "Imam Khomeini and the Iranian nation performed a great historical act. In my opinion, as a western and non-Muslim person, I believe, it is a miracle that a divine revolution in today's world takes place in such a manner." Robert Karlson - Canadian scientist

4. "The Islamic Revolution of Iran is honorable for it is the cry which has its origin in Ayatollah Khomeini's conscience." William Wersey - American author and journalist

5. "One should express his viewpoint regarding what he performed in his country and in a vast part of the world with great respect and deep thought." Pope John Paul II.

6. "Khomeini has offered us the opportunity to regain our frail religion... faith in the power of words." Norman Mailer - At a meeting of authors regarding the fatwa, New York City, February 1980.

7. "The freedom-lovers of the world mourn the sad demise of Imam Khomeini." Ernesto Cardinal - Nicaraguan combatant scholar

We should also not forget this statement:

"What he (Stalin) did in Russia we have to do in Iran. We, too, have to do a lot of killing. A lot." Behzad - Iranian interpreter for Western journalist V.S. Naipaul

Now let us remember some quotes from Ruhollah Khomeini:

"America (the government) is the great Satan, the wounded snake."

"In Islam, the legislative power and competence to establish laws belong exclusively to God Almighty."

"The author of the 'Satanic Verses' book, which is against Islam, the Prophet and the Koran, and all those involved in its publication who were aware of its content, are sentenced to death. I ask all Muslims to execute them wherever they find them."

"If one finds an infidel to continue in his role as a corrupter of the earth, his moral suffering will be all the worse. If one kills the infidel, and this stops him from perpetrating his misdeeds, his death will be a blessing to him."

"Familiarize the people with the truth of Islam so that the young generation may not think that the men of religion in the mosques of Qom and al-Najaf believe in the separation of church from state, that they study nothing other than menstruation and childbirth and they have nothing to do with politics."

"Christian, Jewish and Bahai's missionary centres are spread in Tehran to deceive people and to lead them away from the teachings and principles of religion. Isn't it a duty to destroy these centres?" (Disputed attribution)

There are many more such revealing quotes and sweeping statements. One thing is certain; the theocratic political system instituted by Ruhollah Khomeini was ruthless, repressive, undemocratic and unjust for the people of Iran, as well as engaging in an anti-Western course, in particular against the United States. He used Islam as a political means to achieve his goals, and in the process victimized Islam as a religion.

Although, since Khomeini's death, the political system he instituted has continued with minor changes, the majority of the people have long since turned their back on the clerical establishment. They are fighting it with the limited means at their disposal. The young generation, 70% of the population, dream and yearn for democracy and their inalienable rights of life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. In sharp contrast to the people of Iran, the people of neighbouring Arab states and other Muslim countries suffer from the constant brainwashing in mosques and 'Madrasah' that continue to emphasize anti-Western ideology, revering and emulating Khomeini and his ilk.

If America's Martin Luther King, Jr. had a dream for freedom and the security of justice; if President Mbeki of South Africa proclaims that nobody in his country today views democracy as a threat to their interest and their future; then we must remember how the entire civilized and Western world misread, misjudged and praised a cynical and vengeful cleric of the Muslim faith and the consequences for Iran and the world.

June 3rd, 2004 will be the 15th anniversary of Ruhollah Khomeini's death. Khomeini had a dream, a dream to export the Islamic revolution to other Muslim countries, with all of its violent, undemocratic political and social injustices. He opened the Pandora's box of violence and terrorism in the region, and as we have witnessed, engulfing the civilized world in a war of ideologies: theocracy vs. democracy, radical Islamic vs. secular Western civilization, and fanaticism vs. rationality.

If successful, this will be Khomeini's posthumous legacy. A dream that in reality is a nightmare.

Shahla Samii




In support of my opinion, please read:

The Department of State's annual international terrorism report:

29 April 2004

Cuba, Iran, North Korea, Syria show little change from previous years.

Iran

Iran remained the most active state sponsor of terrorism in 2003. Its Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps and Ministry of Intelligence and Security were involved in the planning of and support for terrorist acts and continued to exhort a variety of groups that use terrorism to pursue their goals.

Iran's record against al-Qaida remains mixed. After the fall of the Taliban regime in Afghanistan, some al-Qaida members fled to Iran where they have found virtual safe haven. Iranian officials have acknowledged that Tehran detained al-Qaida operatives during 2003, including senior members. Iran's publicized presentation of a list to the United Nations of deportees, however, was accompanied by a refusal to publicly identify senior members in Iranian custody on the grounds of "security." Iran has resisted calls to transfer custody of its al-Qaida detainees to their countries of origin or third countries for further interrogation and trial.

During 2003, Iran maintained a high-profile role in encouraging anti-Israeli activity, both rhetorically and operationally. Supreme Leader Khamenei praised Palestinian resistance operations, and President Khatami reiterated Iran's support for the "wronged people of Palestine" and their struggles. Matching this rhetoric with action, Iran provided Lebanese Hezbollah and Palestinian rejectionist Groups -- notably HAMAS, the Palestine Islamic Jihad, and the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine -- General Command -- with funding, safe haven, training, and weapons. Iran hosted a conference in August 2003 on the Palestinian Intifada, at which an Iranian official suggested that the continued success of the Palestinian resistance depended on suicide operations.

Iran pursued a variety of policies in Iraq aimed at securing Tehran's perceived interests there, some of which ran counter to those of the Coalition. Iran has indicated support for the Iraqi Governing Council and promised to help Iraqi reconstruction.

Shortly after the fall of Saddam Hussein, individuals with ties to the Revolutionary Guard may have attempted to infiltrate southern Iraq, and elements of the Iranian government have helped members of Ansar al-Islam transit and find safe haven in Iran. In a Friday Prayers sermon in Tehran in May, Guardian Council member Ayatollah Ahmad Jannati publicly encouraged Iraqis to follow the Palestinian model and participate in suicide operations against Coalition forces.

Iran is a party to five of the 12 international conventions and protocols relating to terrorism.

Link to full report: Some States Renounce Support for Terrorist Activities
http://usinfo.state.gov/xarchives/display.html?p=washfile-english&y=2004&m=April&x=20040429144342dmslahrellek0.642544&t=livefeeds/wf-latest.html

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Self-Fulfilling Prophecy

May 03, 2004
National Review Online
Michael Rubin

State vs. Iraq planning.

On May 1, insurgents in Fallujah rejoiced. American Marines surrounding the city began their withdrawal without arresting the perpetrators of a brutal March 31 attack on civilian contractors. The Arab satellite network al Jazeera reported insurgents celebrating in the streets, flashing victory signs. Militants drove through the streets shouting, "Islam, it's your day!" and "We redeem Islam with our blood." Minaret-mounted loudspeakers declared "victory over the Americans." Across the region, militants pointed to the Fallujah deal as evidence that they had forced the U.S. to withdraw from Fallujah, just as they had forced a withdrawal from Mogadishu in 1993, and Beirut in 1983. Speaking on Saturday, Iran's Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei said, "The occupiers have gotten themselves caught in a trap like a wolf." He added, "The ruling gang in America, with the Zionists pulling the strings, wants to swallow this rich part of the world through the greater Middle East plan, but contrary to their assumptions, the arrogant powers will choke on this mouthful."

The cause of the militant celebration was the arrival in town of General Jasim Muhammad Salih al-Dulaymi. He entered the town wearing the Iraqi Army uniform in which he had sworn his lifelong allegiance to Saddam Hussein. Outside Fallujah, Iraqis expressed shock at the choice. I spoke with a former Iraqi army officer familiar with Jasim's career. After graduating from the Police College, Jasim entered the Republican Guard. His command in Karbala coincided with the Republican Guard's suppression of the 1991 uprising. Pleased with his actions, Saddam promoted Jasim to be chief of staff of a Republican Guard division charged with the protection of Baghdad. Between 1993 and 1997, Jasim led the 38th Division of the Iraqi army in Kirkuk. During his residence there, the Baath party and Iraqi army conducted an ethnic-cleansing campaign against the city's Kurdish and Turkmen residents. Not all Iraqi military officers were Baathists but Jasim was. The Baath party is strictly hierarchical. He rose to be udhu shubaa, the third-highest rank. No one could obtain such a rank without having blood on their hands. Iraqis say he is a cousin to Khamis Sarhan al-Muhammad, number 54 on Iraq's most wanted list. Unfortunately, it appears Coalition military spokesman Brigadier General Mark Kimmitt misspoke when he said that the U.S. military had vetted Jasim and found him satisfactory.

STATE VS. PLANNING FOR THE FUTURE

Iraq did not have to be this way. Many journalists and pundits argue that had the Bush administration only given carte blanche to State Department "professionals," then the U.S. would not face the crisis in Iraq that we face today. David Phillips, a Council on Foreign Relations scholar who describes himself as an adviser to the "Future of Iraq Project," told Knight-Ridder that, "The administration's plan today is exactly what they rejected in the fall of 2002 because it wasn't ideologically compatible."

Such claims are untrue, perpetuated either for partisan gain or because those making them were not as involved as they pretend. Firstly, deputy National Security Advisor Steven Hadley and Zalmay Khalilzad, then the National Security Council's point man on the Middle East, coordinated State Department and Defense Department planning. There was seldom a day when Hadley or Khalilzad did not preside over a meeting or video teleconference to identify problems and work through solutions. The Future of Iraq project was a valuable exercise, but it was more an academic seminar than a plan. Defense Department officials participated when invited. The Iraqis who participated in the Future of Iraq program also met regularly with Defense Department and National Security Council desk officers. I know. I worked on the Pentagon's Iran and Iraq desk for several months before the war.

Ironically, it was the Defense Department and not the State Department which sought to implement the recommendations of the Future of Iraq Program's "Transition to Democracy" report. The report is worth reading. According to its preamble, "Nothing...requires the United Nations or United States to police or manage into existence the new and budding democratic institutions. That is a challenge that the people of Iraq must and will face up to on their own." The Defense Department agreed and proposed immediate sovereignty for a government combining exiles with "internals," weighted to the latter. It was a surprise when we learned the State Department opposed its own recommendations and sought to promote exiles like Adnan Pachachi known not for his opposition to Saddam Hussein during his decades in exile, but rather for his oft-stated opposition to Kuwait's right-to-exist.

We were fiercely opposed by the State Department when we wanted to plan for the future. Future of Iraq program director Tom Warrick and others stonewalled Defense Department attempts to train a Free Iraqi Force (FIF). Had the program been implemented fully, it would have helped co-opt and coordinate Iraqi Army conscripts as they switched their allegiance from Saddam Hussein's government, to that of the Iraqi people. The FIF was open to any Iraqi living outside Iraq. Many Iraqi political leaders talk a good game, but when asked to back up their words with constituents willing to put their lives on the line, fall short. Pachachi, Ayad Allawi, and Mowaffaq al-Rubaie may throw a good dinner party, but leadership goes beyond entertaining and saying what we may want to hear. As a result of stonewalling and delays, there was no critical mass of FIF leadership to channel the energies of the Iraqi army. Rather than having Iraqi forces liberate Baghdad, U.S. troops did.

While pundits blame the Pentagon for dissolution of Iraq's army, the truth of the matter is that the Iraqi military dissolved itself. Conscripts, long-abused and humiliated by the predominantly Sunni Arab officer corps, simply returned home. Mid-level officers returned to the private sector or joined the Iraq Civil Defense Corps. Senior military officers like Jasim went into hiding, fearing popular retribution for their crimes. While Iraq did not degenerate into the degree of vigilantism predicted by the Future of Iraq program, Iraqis do remain bitter about the abuses of the past. When I visited Nasiriyah in October 2003, locals said that Interior Minister Nouri Badran would be unwelcome in their city because he had hired as his secretary an officer whom residents said personally executed 30 locals following the 1991 uprising.

Our professional diplomats maintained an effete attitude toward both Iraqis and Iraqi Americans. Many Iraqi Americans gave up high-paying jobs and left families in order to serve both Iraq and the United States. They formed the Iraq Reconstruction and Development Council (IRDC). Many IRDC members were also graduates of the State Department Future of Iraq project. Unfortunately, while our diplomats say the right things in meetings, they often fail to follow through on their commitments.

The State Department opposed involving the IRDC in Iraq's reconstruction, perhaps fearing the challenge those familiar with Iraqi society might make to Foggy Bottom's long-held assumptions regarding the role of tribal sheikhs and Islamists in society. Some ambassadors even refused to speak with IRDC colleagues. State Department officials working for Jay Garner sought to stall IRDC deployment claiming lack of space at a time when beds were available. The racism and condescension toward Iraqi Americans were typified by a meeting which Garner called in early May 2003, at the request of his State Department aides. Gathering IRDC members around him, he told them that the diplomats were in charge and, as "Iraqis" they should subordinate themselves to the "Americans." The Pentagon learned of the incident and Garner apologized the following day for insinuating that Iraqi Americans were somehow less American than career diplomats. Nevertheless, the attitude pervaded. And so liberation became occupation, with sheltered American diplomats eating food flown in from Kuwait while the IRDC employees patronized local markets and ate in Baghdad restaurants. While Coalition officials lived in Baghdad's showpiece Rashid Hotel or air-conditioned trailers, many IRDC officials rented apartments in Baghdad. The office of Coalition Provisional Authority (CPA) administrator L. Paul Bremer distributed brand-new SUVs to American diplomats, many of whom seldom drove outside the Green Zone, but forced IRDC head Emad Dhia to purchase a car in Baghdad out of pocket so that he and other IRDC members could inspect factories and ministry offices, talk to workers, and generally do the jobs which Arabic-speaking diplomats failed to do. More than 150 IRDC members have served their country well. They have helped calm protests in Sadr City, and have identified security and political problems in the countryside. One IRDC member in Basra made the ultimate sacrifice, bound, gagged, and executed while investigating a smuggling and corruption ring.

While first the Office of Reconstruction and Humanitarian Assistance and then its successor Coalition Provisional Authority (CPA), reported to the Defense Department, the State Department retained effective control over the political operation. Of the first 18 senior advisers deployed to Baghdad, none were from the Defense Department; perhaps half were State Department bureau of Near Eastern affairs ambassadors or policy-planning staff members. It is true that the State Department did not initially deploy Warrick (although he has now been in Baghdad for a couple months). This had less to do with policy, and was rather due to a series of interactions with Iraqis which superiors deemed unprofessional. Regardless, the Future of Iraq program was larger than one person. There was no impediment to implementation of the State Department plan had the State Department chosen to do so. Policy is personnel.

ISLAMISTS, ARAB NATIONALISTS & TRIBAL LEADERS

Deputy Assistant Secretary of State Ryan Crocker became both Garner and Bremer's governance director. He handpicked the political team, staffing it almost exclusively with career Near Eastern Affairs diplomats and members of the Policy Planning Staff. I have worked on the Iraqi issue for several years, and knew many of the diplomats and analysts from de-briefings following the academic year I spent teaching in Iraqi Kurdistan. Few supported Bush administration policy. In a seminar I attended before joining government, one U.S. diplomat spoke about the fallacy of regime change in Iraq. Several diplomats openly disparaged President Bush. One high-ranking career diplomat spoke of his affection for Howard Dean. I was surprised to see that a particular British analyst had joined the governance group. Shortly before the September 11, 2001,terror attacks, he had argued that any Saddam replacement would be "as illegitimate as Israel." Rather than promote democrats and liberals, the Crocker team sought to stack the Governing Council with Islamists, Arab nationalists, and tribal leaders; they largely succeeded.

It was Bremer, his deputy Clay McManaway, and Crocker — not the Pentagon — who cast aside the "Transition to Democracy" report. The Future of Iraq program report states, for example, that "abuse of power by one regime after another since 1958 has resulted in the practice of 'legislation through decree', the tendency to subvert constitutionalism by way of a flurry of proclamations, decrees and laws which ultimately serve the purpose of strengthening autocratic politics." This is exactly what Bremer began to do, as the decrees listed on the CPA website demonstrate.

Bremer not only undermined the Governing Council, but he also emboldened Islamists. By brandishing his veto power, he removed accountability from Council members. Islamists could promise their constituents the world and blame Bremer for their inability to fulfill promises. Dawa-party chairman Ibrahim Jaafari became adept at this. Iraqis describe Jaafari as a politician who advocates theocracy, accepts money from Iran, and seeks to marginalize the political and social role of Iraq's women. The recent State Department decision to limit Iraq's sovereignty, by diminishing accountability, will only bolster the most intolerant elements of Iraqi society. U.S. diplomats, though, see Jaafari as a Western-educated doctor, and so, by definition, a democrat. It is the same failed logic that cursed Haiti with François "Papa Doc" Duvalier and which apologists use in advocating engagement with Syrian dictator Bashir Assad. The U.S. does not need another Syria or Iran.

The State Department's war against Iraqi democracy is long, and often goes untold as reporters trade objectivity for access to colorful "unnamed senior State Department officials." There is a history of making the wrong decisions. The U.S. military's civil-affairs units generally did a stellar job of setting up provincial and town councils. These councils became the locals' receptacle for complaints about everything from property restitution to decrepit infrastructure to the failure to implement de-Baathification. But Bremer's office refused to give local councils budgetary authority to address their constituent's concerns. In August, a senior ambassador in Bremer's office suggested that the CPA would not implement the near unanimous Iraqi desire for fiscal federalism because it might complicate planning for the October 2003 international donor's conference in Madrid. Rather than reverse the state-centered political and economic policy as advised by the Future of Iraq program, Bremer's office chose to reinforce the failures of Saddam's socialist model. Senior ambassadors cast aside long-term U.S. policy goals for short-term expediency. It is a pattern CPA often repeats.

The situation in Iraq is deteriorating. The reasons are simple. Instead of promoting Iraqi sovereignty, Foggy Bottom has for more than a year sought to limit it. Rather than put an Iraqi face on Iraq's liberation, Bremer's team has worked to marginalize Iraqi voices. The "Who We Are" section of the CPA website is illustrative. Rather than promote Iraqi self-governance, the CPA dedicates more than half the space to Bremer's biography and photograph.

The State Department, CENTCOM, and CIA argument that only a strongman or benign autocrat can govern Iraq creates a self-fulfilling prophecy. Iraqi Shia and Kurds together represent three quarters of Iraq's population. If the Kurds see CPA as promoting Sunni Arab resurgence, they will pursue full independence. The Shia will seek protection with Iranian-backed movements. The Shi'a may have welcomed liberation, but they remain scarred by our 1991 abandonment of them. Tribal sheikhs can provide no solution since most go to the highest bidder.

In October 2002, Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld said, "We do have a saying in America: If you're in a hole, stop digging." Many CPA policies have failed. It would be a tragedy for Iraqi democrats and Arab liberals if, in response to an anti-democratic challenge, the U.S. re-doubled its efforts to pursue the same "realist" policies which supported Saddam's rise to power and rewarded terrorism. It is time to be serious about democracy. Presidential pronouncements are not enough if the State Department remains hostile to their implementation.

— Michael Rubin, a former Coalition Provisional Authority officer, is a resident scholar at the American Enterprise Institute.

http://www.nationalreview.com/rubin/rubin200405030836.asp
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Khatami Blames Hard-liners, Impatient Allies For Failure

May 03, 2004
Dow Jones Newswires
The Associated Press

TEHRAN -- Iranian President Mohammad Khatami Monday blamed stubborn, unelected hard-liners and impatient allies for the failure of his democratic reform program.

"Organized and shallow-minded methods to damage the public's opinion and dissuade it from reforms on the one hand, and hasty behavior in the name of reforms on the other hand, are the two bitter historical phenomena of this period," Khatami wrote in a statement posted Monday on his official Web site.

The beleaguered president conceded defeat last month in his long struggle with hard-liners and withdrew two key reform bills he had presented to parliament. The parliament had approved both, but the hard-line Guardian Council rejected them as "un-Islamic" and "contrary to the constitution."

The bills sought to expand presidential powers and limit the absolute authority of the Guardian Council in disqualifying candidates in parliamentary and presidential elections and vetoing legislation passed by parliament.

The bills were widely seen as Khatami's most serious effort, after his behind-the-scenes endeavors to convince hard-liners to respect reforms approved by parliament failed. Abandoning them was an open acknowledgment of the failure of the pillars of Khatami's presidency.

Unelected hard-liners of the Guardian Council have vetoed almost all reform-related legislation approved by the parliament, and the hard-line judiciary has closed down about 100 pro-democracy publications in the past four years and jailed dozens of intellectuals and writers for criticizing hard-line clerics.

In his statement, entitled "A letter for the future" of the nation, Khatami said one of the main achievements of his reform program was promoting social freedoms.

In the early 1990s, anti-vice police beat young people in public for wearing T-shirts or makeup. Now, Iranian girls loosely cover their dyed hair with colorful headscarves and wear tight dresses without being punished.

"Today, interference in people's personal affairs is considerably less than before," Khatami wrote.

The soft-spoken president said that despite his failure, gradual democratic reforms are the only way for Iran to progress.

Web site: www.president.ir

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EU: Trade Talks With Iran Will Depend On Nuclear Openness

May 03, 2004
The Associated Press
Dow Jones Newswires

BRUSSELS -- Iran needs to show it isn't seeking to develop nuclear weapons and make more progress toward democracy before the European Union restarts trade negotiations, E.U. officials said Monday.

In talks with visiting Iranian Foreign Minister Kamal Kharrazi, E.U. officials also urged Tehran to offer more support to political efforts to stabilize Iraq, in particular, through U.N. envoy Lakhdar Brahimi.

Kharrazi urged the E.U. to take a more active role in the Middle East.

"We expect the E.U. to be more active and serious in dealing with different problems including the situation in the Middle East which is the source of many difficulties in this part of the world," he was quoted telling the official Islamic Republic News Agency.

European diplomats said the E.U. was disappointed by Iran 's failure to clear up questions over its nuclear program, and by elections in February in which more than 2,000 candidates were banned by the Islamic establishment, ensuring conservatives won control of parliament.

"There elections were seen as a step backward for Iranian democracy," said E.U. spokeswoman Emma Udwin.

Iran is seeking to resume talks on a free trade agreement, which the E.U. suspended almost a year ago as allegations intensified that the government there was trying to build a nuclear bomb.

Although Iran insists its nuclear program is peaceful and has given access to international inspectors, doubts remain about whether Iran is revealing all of its activities.

In his talks with Kharrazi, E.U. foreign policy representative Javier Solana made clear Iran 's relations with the 25-nation bloc depended on more "transparency" on the nuclear issue, diplomats said.

Speaking on condition of anonymity, they said much would depend on a report due next month from IAEA Director-general Mohamed ElBaradei. Kharrazi dismissed as "baseless" allegations Iran is running a secret military program to develop nuclear weapons, alongside its civilian energy program, which has been opened to the International Atomic Energy Agency.

"IAEA has been working with us very closely in different sites and they are continuing their inspections," IRNA quoted him saying.

An exiled Iranian opposition group criticized the E.U. for inviting Kharrazi to its headquarters.

"Political and economic relations with this medieval regime should be conditional on improvements to the human rights situation in Iran and an end to the export of terrorism," said Shahin Gobadi, spokesman for the Paris-based National Council of Resistance of Iran .

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Iran Blasts U.S. Abuses, Urges EU to Get Serious

May 03, 2004
Reuters
Sebastian Alison

BRUSSELS -- Iran accused the United States of systematically killing, torturing and raping Iraqis, and said such abuses by U.S. troops had bred hatred throughout the Islamic world.

Iranian Foreign Minister Kamal Kharrazi was speaking after the U.S. army reprimanded six officers in connection with the abuse of prisoners at the Abu Ghraib prison outside Baghdad.

"What the Americans have been doing in Iraq, the very brutal actions of American soldiers, the systematic plan to torture Iraqis, to kill them, to rape them, is outrageous," he said after meeting European Commission President Romano Prodi.

"If Americans are in Iraq to promote democracy, is this the way to do it? American policy has created hatred all among Islamic countries, and we are at the stage of developing clashes between different cultures which is very, very dangerous," Kharrazi told reporters.

He urged the U.S. "occupiers" to leave Iraq as soon as possible and hand over sovereignty to the Iraqi people.

Kharrazi is on a two-day visit to the European Union (news - web sites), which has been trying to boost trade ties with Tehran in exchange for Iranian cooperation and transparency on its nuclear program -- in stark contrast to Washington, which favors isolation.

Kharrazi said Iran was ready for closer political and trade links with the bloc, but warned Tehran would not be interested unless the EU did more to show it was serious.

"Both sides have to be serious, to work together on different aspects of their relations, economic, political cooperation and other issues. Otherwise Iran may not be interested to push for that," he said.

NUCLEAR COOPERATION

The foreign ministers of Britain, France and Germany visited Iran last October to urge more transparency on the nuclear issue, and Tehran has agreed to inspections of its facilities by the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA).

Iran is due to make a full declaration of its nuclear program to the IAEA by mid-May, and Kharrazi said his country was cooperating closely with the EU's big three powers as well as with the IAEA.

"I believe this is a trilateral project which belongs to the three parties, Iran, the IAEA and European countries... success in this project is a success of everyone, and failure in this project is a failure of everyone," he said.

He dismissed as "baseless" opposition reports that Iran's Revolutionary Guard was overseeing some 400 experts mobilized to develop an atomic bomb.

After meeting EU foreign policy chief Javier Solana, Kharrazi said the two sides had not set a date for resuming stalled talks on a Trade and Cooperation Agreement, which would give Iranian goods greater access to EU markets.

But he urged Solana to play a greater role in the Middle East process, a day ahead of a meeting in New York of the "quartet" -- the United States, Russia, the United Nations and the EU -- promoting peace there.

"We expect the European Union to be more active, more serious in dealing with difficult problems including the situation in the Middle East, which is the source of many difficulties in that part of the world," he said.

http://news.yahoo.com/news?tmpl=story&u=/nm/20040503/wl_nm/iraq_usa_iran_dc_1
26 posted on 05/03/2004 1:59:04 PM PDT by DoctorZIn (Until they are Free, "We shall all be Iranians!")
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Labour Day Arrests in Iran

May 03, 2004
International Confederation of Free Trade Unions
ICFTU Online

Brussels -- Following the arrests of 40 workers during a Labour Day march in Saqez, in Iran’s Kurdistan Province, on Saturday 1st May 2004, the International Confederation of Free Trade Unions (ICFTU) has lodged a formal complaint with the UN’s International Labour Office on Sunday 2 May. It has also requested that the ILO intervene urgently with Tehran’s authorities to obtain the release of those arrested.

According to the ICFTU, hundreds of workers and their families had staged a peaceful rally and march in the City of Saqez (Kurdistan province), in order to celebrate Labour Day. The event was organized by "the First of May Council", an organisation of workers’ in Saqez, consisting of labour activists acting independently from government-controlled structures.

At about 5:00 p.m., the marchers were attacked by the Government’s security forces, including plain clothes’ agents of the security service. Over 40 participants were reportedly detained and taken into custody. Among those arrested were Mr. Mahmoud Salehi, a well-known labour leader who has previously been arrested and imprisoned for 10 months in 2001, Jalal Hosseini, a local labour leader and Mohsen Hakimi, a well-known activist and a member of the Iranian Writers' Association.

The security forces subsequently raided Mahmoud Salehi's home and his computer and documents were confiscated. Families of the arrested workers and other citizens are said to have gathered outside the Security Ministry's offices to demand the release of all those arrested.

The ICFTU is particularly worried by the fact that two days before their arrest Salehi and Hakimi had met with an ICFTU mission which visited Iran earlier this week. The mission had been closely monitored by the security service. The ICFTU believes that the search of Mr. Salehi’s house and confiscation of his computer are directly related to his contacts with the ICFTU.

The ICFTU has filed this information as additional information to its formal complaint against Iran concerning the killing of four striking workers in the city of Babak, lodged earlier this year with the ILO’s Committee on Freedom of Association (case 2323 of the Committee).

The ICFTU represents over 150 million workers in 233 affiliated organisations in 152 countries and territories. ICFTU is also a member of Global Unions: http://www.global-unions.org

For more information, please contact the ICFTU Press Department on +32 2 224 0206 or +32 476 621 018.

http://www.icftu.org/displaydocument.asp?Index=991219229&Language=EN
27 posted on 05/03/2004 1:59:42 PM PDT by DoctorZIn (Until they are Free, "We shall all be Iranians!")
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