Skip to comments.Iranian Alert -- August 3, 2004 [EST]-- IRAN LIVE THREAD -- "Americans for Regime Change in Iran"
Posted on 08/02/2004 9:02:03 PM PDT by DoctorZIn
The US media still largley ignores news regarding the Islamic Republic of Iran. As Tony Snow of the Fox News Network has put it, this is probably the most under-reported news story of the year. Most Americans are unaware that the Islamic Republic of Iran is NOT supported by the masses of Iranians today. Modern Iranians are among the most pro-American in the Middle East.
There is a popular revolt against the Iranian regime brewing in Iran today. I began these daily threads June 10th 2003. On that date Iranians once again began taking to the streets to express their desire for a regime change. Today in Iran, most want to replace the regime with a secular democracy.
The regime is working hard to keep the news about the protest movement in Iran from being reported. Unfortunately, the regime has successfully prohibited western news reporters from covering the demonstrations. The voices of discontent within Iran are sometime murdered, more often imprisoned. Still the people continue to take to the streets to demonstrate against the regime.
In support of this revolt, Iranians in America have been broadcasting news stories by satellite into Iran. This 21st century news link has greatly encouraged these protests. The regime has been attempting to jam the signals, and locate the satellite dishes. Still the people violate the law and listen to these broadcasts. Iranians also use the Internet and the regime attempts to block their access to news against the regime. In spite of this, many Iranians inside of Iran read these posts daily to keep informed of the events in their own country.
This daily thread contains nearly all of the English news reports on Iran. It is thorough. If you follow this thread you will witness, I believe, the transformation of a nation. This daily thread provides a central place where those interested in the events in Iran can find the best news and commentary. The news stories and commentary will from time to time include material from the regime itself. But if you read the post you will discover for yourself, the real story of what is occurring in Iran and its effects on the war on terror.
I am not of Iranian heritage. I am an American committed to supporting the efforts of those in Iran seeking to replace their government with a secular democracy. I am in contact with leaders of the Iranian community here in the United States and in Iran itself.
If you read the daily posts you will gain a better understanding of the US war on terrorism, the Middle East and why we need to support a change of regime in Iran. Feel free to ask your questions and post news stories you discover in the weeks to come.
If all goes well Iran will be free soon and I am convinced become a major ally in the war on terrorism. The regime will fall. Iran will be free. It is just a matter of time.
Is that US-funded radio service on the air yet??
I have no idea what they were naming it... it was announced a few months ago is all I know. It'll be from VOA, which is too liberal really, but I guess its a start.
LoL... I don't know who FARDA is. But the VOA Persian service has been working since 1979.
This just in from a student inside of Iran...
I just got the news about WEEKLY protest of teachers in Tehran.
The Tehrani teachers gather in front of the Ministry of Education in Ferdowsi Square every SUNDAY to ask the release of jailed teachers.
Some outspoken teachers have been arrested during their strikes and protests in the past 4 months.
I will try to let you know more about the upcoming protests on sundays."
ZARQAWI IS ALONG IRAQ-IRAN BORDER
Middle East Newsline
August 3rd, 04
BAGHDAD [MENL] -- Abu Mussib Al Zarqawi, regarding as the leading foreign insurgent in Iraq, was believed to be shuttling between Iran and Iraq.
Western intelligence sources said the United States has quietly determined that Al Zarqawi has not been in Iraq for more than a month. The sources said Al Zarqawi left the Sunni Triangle for the Iran-Iraq border and has been moving in an arc from Iran in the east to Syria in the west as he continued to relay orders, plan operations and relay funding.
"Much of the time he is in Iran, where he has been given safe haven," an intelligence source said. "The United States won't cross the Iranian border to get him."
The sources said Al Zarqawi was last seen in the Iraqi town of Dour in the area of Baghdad on June 18, where he held a meeting with a senior aide to deposed President Saddam Hussein, Izzat Ibrahim Douri. Douri, regarded as a major financier of the Sunni insurgency, was said to have provided the Al Qaida-aligned insurgent with a large amount of weapons and equipment. From Al Dour, Al Zarqawi traveled to Iran and was said to have been in Marivan in northern Iran through late July.
Florida couple may be forced to return to Iran
Tuesday, August 3, 2004
TALLAHASSEE -- A casual walk across Niagara Falls has turned into a bureaucratic nightmare for a Florida couple, who are now stranded in Canada and facing the possibility of being forced to return to their native Iran.
Mahmoud Ranjbari and his wife, Fariba Ghazvini, were denied reentry by U.S. immigration officials a week ago after they followed a throng of tourists across a bridge over Niagara Falls and stepped into Canada to take a picture and have ice cream.
Wearing sandals and shorts, Ranjbari and Ghazvini were questioned by customs and border patrol officers for six hours last Tuesday before their passports were stamped "Re-entry Denied," Ranjbari said Monday from Toronto.
"I do not know what will happen," he said.
Asked whether he thinks his nationality contributed to his situation, Ranjbari said, "It's a problem for the Iranian people because of our government, but my case is a very simple case because I just made a mistake."
A survey engineer, Ranjbari gained admission to the United States in 2002 on a work visa, which allows Iranians to enter the country only once and is valid for just three months.
Ranjbari applied for a new visa in Toronto last week, but was told it may take up to six months before security checks were completed and a decision made on whether to allow the couple, whose college-age children remain in Tallahassee, to return to the U.S.
That places the couple, who own a home in Tallahassee, in jeopardy. Because they do not have Canadian visas, officials there have given them until Aug. 15 to resolve their visa conflict or they will be forced back to Iran. And because Iran has no diplomatic relations with the U.S., they will have to go to Turkey to seek permission to return to Florida.
The Ranjbaris' situation is not unique and stems from confusion about what a visa is and how it works, said Bill Strassberger, a spokesman for the Department of Homeland Security. A visa is like "a ticket to the movie theater," he said.
"As long as the person doesn't leave the U.S., they're in good shape," Strassberger said. "Unfortunately for that individual, if they're out of the U.S., it does become problematic getting back in."
The couple's situation coincides with heightened terror warnings in New York, New Jersey and Washington and concern from the ACLU and others over terrorist watch lists that they say violate civil-rights laws.
In addition, the couple's homeland, Iran, is identified by the U.S. as a "terrorist-sponsoring" nation, along with countries such as Cuba and North Korea. Iran is considered to have close links with Al-Qaeda, according to Department of State documents.
Their Iranian nationality could increase the level of scrutiny of the security checks for the new visas, Strassberger said.
Howard Simon, executive director of the American Civil Liberties Union of Florida, said, "This is the war on terrorism out of control.
"If the government has lost its ability to distinguish between who's a terrorist and who may have made a mistake by walking over the Falls to get a better picture, then the government has lost all perspective on the war on terrorism," Simon said.
Ranjbari said Canadian border officials did not ask to see his passport and did not warn the couple that they may have trouble getting back into the U.S. without the proper papers.
"I warn any of my clients that if you travel out of the United States, you may not come back," said Edward Weisz, a Beverly Hills immigration attorney representing the Ranjbaris.
The couple's children, Saman and Sonia Ranjbari, sought assistance Friday from U.S. Sen. Bob Graham, whose office confirmed that he is working with the Department of State to help reunite the family. Saman, 19, Sonia, 21, and their mother attend Tallahassee Community College.
"Iran is still a dictatorship," Weisz said. "I always am fearful for all my clients when they go back. Over the years, when someone went back, they went right to prison."
BUMP FOR A FREE & SOVEREIGN IRAN!
Iran's only female mayor has work cut out
August 3rd, 04
Saveh, Iran - Mehri Roustaie Gherailou is unlike any other mayor in Iran - she's a woman.
The 41-year-old manager of the small city of Saveh, situated around 100 kilometres southwest of Tehran, is only the second woman to run a town in the 25-year-old history of the Islamic republic, and at present the only female in such a job.
And she has no hesitation in pointing out her difficulties swimming against the tide in a traditionally male-dominated society.
"Men cannot give up power to women that easily," she says in her office in Saveh, once famed for its pomegranates but now a busy industrial centre and trading crossroads between six provinces.
Women, she said, are generally seen as less tolerant of laziness and corruption, something that makes them "very hard to accept".
When the city council appointed her mayor in May - a political upset in the town - Roustaie said she started her job of cleaning up the drab town of 140 000 people by sweeping a broom through her new office.
"On my first day in the office, I made the necessary changes in the municipality that none of the previous mayors had done," said Roustaie, a calm but resolute woman who gives the impression of being well on top of her job.
"I immediately replaced two deputies and some directors who were no longer trusted by people. I also started to deal with cases that have been stuck in the bureaucracy for up to five years," she said.
She said the council backed her simply because she dared to apply for the job, which Roustaie admitted was a "teenage dream" of hers. In winning the post, she beat a male opponent backed by the town's deputy to the national parliament.
But the mayor has her work cut out, even if she has been earning points for heading with her team out onto Saveh's streets to meet and talk more with constituents.
The town has in recent years been flooded with some 40,000 migrant workers looking for work at its industrial, mining and agricultural facilities. There is an unmanaged labour structure, sloppy construction and overstretched public services.
The mayor also has a few ambitious projects up her sleeve: the "Ladies' Garden", a women-only cultural and sports complex which is the fourth of its kind nationwide; low-cost housing; a town computer centre and new cultural offices.
For whatever reasons, she admits some people in the small city of Saveh are upset.
"Some people have tried to set fire to one of the projects under contruction. I get discouraging messages from people hoping that, in the end, I will give up," she explains.
A family woman who was the eldest of eight children, she says her father always asked her opinion. She ended up completing her education with a masters degree in management - one of the thousands of women who currently outnumber and outperform their male counterparts at universities in the Islamic republic.
And now her husband, an agricultural engineer, gives his support to her political career, having told her "you can!" when she first showed an interest in becoming mayor.
Islamic Iran's only other female mayor served from 2001 to 2003 in the small town of Firouzkoh to the east of Tehran. There are also just a small handful of women serving in parliament, even if women are seen working in public offices across the country.
But Roustaie, clad in the ubiquitous black chador, shies away from defining herself as a feminist. Instead, she prefers to point out what she does not like: male-chauvinism.
And women, she says, could also do much more to advance their position in society.
"I do not mind about what gender my staff are. I used to be a teacher, a member of the town's Women's Committee, an advisor to the governor, a member of the city council since its establishment in 1999. So I believe women are as guilty as men for not getting decent positions in society."
I've been off-line for a few days, but just have to ask..did you or anyone post/discuss that stupid article in yesterday'sY Times about Iranian transsexuals?...the paper has finally jumped the shark, gone totally bananas...bring back Howell Raines..
No I didn't but here is the link:
I read it in the paper yesterday..almost spewed myu coffee..can you believe it merited a page three..2/3 page position?..Gawd..I think you should post it....a separate thread.."the NY Times goes crazy"
U.S. Says Iran Must Cooperate on Nuclear Program
August 03, 2004
WASHINGTON -- The Bush administration warned Iran on Monday that it would face rising international pressure if it refused to back down on its nuclear program, saying Tehran would be isolated if it continued on that path.
President Bush said the United States and the European Union's "big three" members -- France, Britain and Germany -- "expect there to be full disclosure, full transparency of their nuclear weapons programs."
White House national security adviser Condoleezza Rice further warned, "This regime has to be isolated in its bad behavior, not 'engaged."'
Rice said the administration was working with the Europeans and other International Atomic Energy Agency members on "a very tough set of resolutions" demanding Iranian cooperation.
"Iran is going to be confronted," Rice told Fox News, adding that the resolutions should be ready for consideration in September. If Iran refused to cooperate, she said, "They're going to be isolated."
Bush told reporters at the White House, "We are working with our friends to keep the pressure on the mullahs to listen to the demands of the free world."
The warnings came two days after Iran said it had resumed building nuclear centrifuges, which Washington says are intended to enrich uranium to weapons grade for use in bombs.
Iran's decision backtracks from a pledge in October to Britain, France and Germany to suspend all uranium enrichment-related activities.
Rice brushed aside a question about whether France would go along with U.S. plans to increase pressure.
"The French and the Germans and the British have been very clear to the Iranians that the activities that they're currently engaged in, or say that they are going to resume, are unacceptable, and we just have to keep working with the French and the British and the Germans to make certain that they stick to that position," Rice said.
"It's been our position all along that the Iranians are dangerous in this regard, and that the international community has got to be tough and steadfast here," she added.
Iran insists it needs enriched uranium for power stations being built to meet booming domestic demand for electricity.
Secretary of State Colin Powell warned Iran last week that its case was increasingly likely to be referred to the sanctions-imposing U.N. Security Council for failing to meet IAEA commitments.
Washington says Iran's nuclear energy program is a cover for development of nuclear weapons.
Iran Linked To Madrid Bombings
August 03, 2004
The Media Line
The Media Line Staff
Iran played a pivotal role in supporting the terrorists who carried out the deadly Madrid attacks in March, according to European investigators.
European experts say Iran has served as a refuge for Al-Qaida operatives suspected of planning attacks on Europe and the Middle East as well playing a central part in the Iraqi insurgency, according to the Los Angeles Times.
Experts say there are increasing indications that Iran harbors important members of the terror network, including the masterminds of the attack in Madrid that left some 200 people dead, and the bombings in Saudi Arabia in 2003 that targeted Westerners in the kingdom.
It is difficult to determine the nature of the relationship between Iran and Al-Qaida due to the lack of transparency in the Iranian establishment, investigators said.
In July, the final report on the September 11 attacks revealed an Iranian link to the events, since eight of the assailants traveled through the country prior to the attacks.
A French law enforcement official told the Los Angeles Times that Iran has arrested important Al-Qaida members while allowing other members to operate.
The dominant sect of Islam in Iran is Shiism, which is a traditional and historic rival of the Sunni sect that characterizes the radical Al-Qaida network. European experts said they believe Iran tolerates the group because it serves their interests in Iraq and against the U.S., Israel and Saudi Arabia.
Iran denies any ties to Al-Qaida.
According to the Los Angeles Times, European investigators and court documents point at Abu Musab A-Zarqawi as one terrorist who is allegedly linked to Al-Qaida and is thought to have operated in Iran. Mustafa Setmariam Nasar, who the Spanish police believe might have planned the Madrid attacks, may also have links to Iran.
Iran is also suspected of links to the bombings in Casablanca, Morocco, last year, the French official told the paper.
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