posted on 12/25/2004 9:54:20 PM PST
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Maybe those mullahs have been exposed to radioactive materials for too long.
posted on 12/25/2004 9:55:43 PM PST
Let Down by Iran's Leader, Young Advocates Leave Politics
By NAZILA FATHI
Published: December 26, 2004
TEHRAN, Dec. 25 - As repression of political protesters increases in Iran and disenchantment with the change-oriented president, Mohammad Khatami, grows, many of the young foot soldiers in the protest movement have been retreating from politics.
Their frustration took full expression this month when Mr. Khatami visited Tehran University. More than 1,000 students showed up, boisterously expressing their disappointment with Mr. Khatami, whom they elected overwhelmingly in 1997.
"Enough lies," shouted angry students, as many turned their backs to the president.
"The students had no idea that they would face a defeated head of government after seven years," said a statement issued by the leading student movement, the Office for Consolidation of Unity, expressing concern that Mr. Khatami had not made more progress on change.
Mr. Khatami has been widely criticized for his failure to curtail repression against journalists and protesters during his tenure. Close to 100 pro-change newspapers and journals have been shut down and scores of advocates of change have been jailed and intimidated by the hard-line elements in the government.
Some politically active young people have said they are quitting politics and giving up hope for improvement in the current system.
In the latest wave of repression, more than 20 journalists and Internet technicians, most of them young and two of them women, were arrested in late summer and released only this month.
One by one, most of them appeared in front of the state-run television confessing to a series of crimes. After their release they said they had spent three months in solitary confinement and had been tortured. One woman, Fereshteh Ghazi, who had not confessed, ended up hospitalized.
A statement from the European Union in late November to protest the arrests helped to win their release, some of those released said.
Arash Naderpoor, one of the detainees, had an Internet company and gave a domain to one of the sites advocating change two years ago. He spent 97 days in solitary confinement.
"I am quitting political work for good in Iran," said Hanif Mazroui, the son of a change-oriented politician, Rajabali Mazroui, who did technical work for one of the Web sites and was arrested. "Politics is not like the game of chess here and the other side does not abide by the rules."
Another who was arrested, who spoke on condition of anonymity, said that he and a few others would join a handful of journalists who left the country after their release. "It was the prison first and now the interrogations that has made life a living hell for us," he said.
The collision between change-oriented politicians close to President Khatami and younger advocates became apparent this month. Eight advocates called for a referendum on political change under the supervision of the United Nations, posting a petition on a Web site, www.60000000.com. But the politicians close to the president rejected the call, even though they had campaigned around holding a referendum in the parliamentary election of 2000, which led to their victory.
Despite the differences between the older change-oriented politicians and the younger advocates of change, Ahmad Zeidabadi, a journalist and university professor, said he did not think young people were pulling out of the movement for good. "Young people are disappointed but they have not given up their opposition," he said.
posted on 12/25/2004 9:58:56 PM PST
"The unidentified flying objects could be satellites, comets or spying or reconnaissance craft trying to monitor Irans nuclear installations," Col. Mahini said."
Naw, the planet Nibiru is getting near and those are only Annanaki scout craft. Just ignore them. But, if you see one of their warships, uh, start puckering.
posted on 12/25/2004 9:59:25 PM PST
(The left hates the Constitution. Islamic Fascism hates America. Natural allies.)
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>>>"All anti-aircraft units and jet fighters have been ordered to shoot down the flying objects in Irans airspace," spokesman of the regular Army, Air Force Colonel Salman Mahini, said.
How far out can Iran track?
Is this just an excuse to fire?
I ask because a few days ago there were reports of a piece of rocket caught in our atmosphere.
posted on 12/25/2004 10:01:36 PM PST
Survivors recall Iran quake loss
Thousands of people have gathered in Bam to remember some 30,000 victims of the earthquake that flattened the historic Iranian city a year ago.
A large cemetery played host to around 5,000 survivors from the region as they visited the graves of loved ones at the end of a 12-month period of mourning.
Despite the global aid effort that followed the earthquake, survivors say they still lack many basic amenities.
Iranian officials say foreign donors have failed to fulfil aid pledges.
President Mohammed Khatami has said only $17m of assistance had been received from abroad, out of the $1bn initially promised.
Many who survived the earthquake still live in temporary camps and suffer from injuries and psychological problems, according to the BBC's Jannat Jalil.
Almost every family in Bam lost someone to the tremors that rocked the southern city in the early hours of 26 December 2003.
More than 70,000 people were left homeless by the quake, which destroyed about 80% of the mud-built city, including its grand citadel, a UN world heritage site.
One year on, mourners in Bam's cemetery sprinkled rose-water and laid photographs at the graves of loved ones before offering food to passers-by, in accordance with Iranian tradition.
A 45-year-old woman told French news agency AFP of how she remembers hearing survivors crying out from under the rubble.
"My son rushed to take his father, his brother and his sister out from beneath the ruins. After several hours of work, he succeeded, but they were already dead," she said.
Some went to the cemetery hoping to be re-united with relatives who have been unaccounted for since the disaster.
Many survivors who are still waiting for new accommodation have accused Iran's government of failing them.
Iranian authorities say they want to ensure new housing for Bam survivors can withstand future earthquakes.
posted on 12/25/2004 10:02:56 PM PST
Rafsanjani strongly rejects Iran's meddling in Iraq affairs
Tehran, Dec 24, IRNA -- Chairman of the Expediency Council (EC) Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani on Friday strongly rejected charges that Iran is meddling in Iraq's internal affairs, and termed remarks to that effect as "the most absurd".
Rafsanjani, in a sermon at Tehran Friday prayers, said the remarks that Iran is seeking intervention in Iraq are propagated by the "mercenaries and affiliates" of the US, adding that this is a "historic atrocity" against Iran.
He said those who raise such comments are themselves 'US appointees,' but accuse Iranian pilgrims who have risked their life to visit Iraq's holy sites of false charges.
Rafsanjani recalled the issue of elections in Iraq and the occupied territories of Palestine, and regretted that there are evil elements that are trying to prevent people in those countries achieve their rights.
"Secret hands are trying to stop Iraqi elections. And because they know holding elections is the demand of the people, particularly the Shiites, they do evil things in Karbala and Najaf; the things that saddens every oppressed," he told worshipers at Tehran University campus.
"Of course, doing these evil things shows that they have been disappointed."
Rafsanjani said nobody inside Iran tells the Iraqi people to vote for any specific group, stressing that Iran always advises all nations to participate in the elections to promote their self-determination.
"That they accuse Iran of interfering in Iraq for this encouragement is merely the propaganda of the US," he said.
Rafsanjani's remarks that Iran is not interfering in Iraq's internal affairs closely follow those by Foreign Minister Kamal Kharrazi that such charges suit the US that has invaded the country.
Kharrazi told reporters upon arrival in Beirut airport that there is a certain level of affinity between the Iranian and the Iraqi people which stems in their mutual bonds.
However, he stressed, this should never be translated as Iran's interference in Iraq.
Kharrazi reiterated Iran's urge on all ethnic groups and religions to strongly participate in the next month elections in Iraq, stressing that the Iraqis should indicate that they are a strong and mature nation and can control the affairs of their country.
Kharrazi says Iran not interfering in Iraq's internal affairs
Beirut, Dec 24, IRNA -- Iran's Foreign Minister Kamal Kharrazi here on Thursday rejected that Iran is seeking interference in Iraq's internal affairs, stressing that such charges suit the US which has invaded the country.
Kharrazi told reporters upon arrival in Beirut airport that there is a certain level of affinity between the Iranian and the Iraqi people which stems in their mutual bonds. However, he stressed, this should never be translated as Iran's interference in Iraq.
Kharrazi expressed hope that people from all ethnicities and religions strongly participate in the next month elections in Iraq.
He added that the Iraqis should indicate that they are a strong and mature nation and can control the affairs of their country.
On the reason of his visit to Damascus and Beirut, Kharrazi said that foreign ministers should always be prepared to consult with each other, adding that he was visiting Syria and Lebanon to consult with the officials of those countries.
"Regional developments are so much and happen so fast that we will have to get into regular contacts with each other," he said adding that all countries should consult with each other for discussing the issues of the Middle East and Iraq.
In a response to a question about US threats against Iran, Kharrazi said such threats are nothing new adding that nobody will take these threats seriously.
The Iranian foreign minister, heading a delegation, arrived in Beirut on Thursday night.
posted on 12/25/2004 10:10:13 PM PST
You know I recall seeing a show about UFO's that pointed out that sightings near nuclear weapons seemed higher than elsewhere.
If there are really aliens out there maybe we should pay attention to where they hover over in places like North Korea and Iran.
posted on 12/25/2004 10:16:08 PM PST
Better not pee-off them moon-men fellas. Velly velly bad, no joy.
posted on 12/25/2004 10:16:22 PM PST
They're coming to get ya!
posted on 12/25/2004 10:18:54 PM PST
(freeping since Drudge's whitewater link brought vger here!)
posted on 12/25/2004 10:19:53 PM PST
naw, those Mullahs are just getting too high on that opium.
posted on 12/25/2004 10:22:18 PM PST
("I think you can be an honest person and lie about any number of things."--Dan Rather)
Try reading that "Nuclear" UFO's not "Unclear" and I'd worry too...
posted on 12/25/2004 10:24:20 PM PST
("Hey, it didn't hit a bone, Colonel. Do you think I can go back?" - U.S. Marine)
ET phoned home, said he was gonna stay behind and whip somebody's ass!
Seriously, I hope this means that we are scoping out targets of opportunity.
posted on 12/25/2004 10:24:58 PM PST
("Nature abhors a moron."-H.L. Mencken)
Definition of Psychological Operations:
'Psychological Operations: Planned operations to convey selected information and indicators to foreign audiences to influence their emotions, motives, objective reasoning, and ultimately the behavior of foreign governments, organizations, groups, and individuals. The purpose of psychological operations is to induce or reinforce foreign attitudes and behavior favorable to the originator's objectives. Also called PSYOP.
The "UFOs" are likely the work of our own forces spying and playing mind-games against the Iranians. How we do it, exactly, is obviously of great secrecy.
They have been watching ufo's for years:
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The sanitarium called, they want their spaceship back.
posted on 12/26/2004 9:21:56 AM PST
All anti-aircraft units and jet fighters have been ordered to shoot down the flying objects in Irans airspace
I suppose that means, "shoot down any and all flying objects in Iran's airspace."
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posted on 12/26/2004 10:49:21 AM PST
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