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Iranian Alert - January 2, 2005 - Iran's Peace Prize Laureate to run for Presidency
Regime Change Iran ^ | 1/2/05 | Freedom44

Posted on 01/01/2005 9:32:03 PM PST by freedom44

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Iran's Ebadi to run for presidency

LONDON, Jan 1 (IranMania) – According to Iran Daily, news sources on Friday reported of Peace Prize Laureate, Iranian Shririn Ebadi's candidacy in the upcoming presidential elections.

14 groups such as the Council in Defense of Prisoners' Rights along with independent human rights advocates are to form a coalition to back Ebadi's candidacy.

This is while according to Iran's Guardian Council, the controversial term ' Rejal' explicitly mentioned in Iran's constitution in defining the characteristics of the presidential hopefuls refers to the masculinity of the candidates. Thus it is still unknown what strategies Ebadi's supporters are to take to overcome this obstacle.

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1 posted on 01/01/2005 9:32:04 PM PST by freedom44
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she is the speaker for radical mullahs of Tehran

2 posted on 01/01/2005 9:35:00 PM PST by F14 Pilot (Democracy is a process not a product)
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President Must Deal With Iranian Threat

January 01, 2005
Times Union, NY
Susan Rice

Has President Bush quietly concluded that the United States can live with a nuclear-armed Iran? If this seems preposterous, recall the President's words at his year-end news conference. Asked about U.S. policy toward Iran, he said: "We're relying upon others, because we've sanctioned ourselves out of influence with Iran ... in other words, we don't have much leverage with the Iranians right now."

This bizarre statement obviously does not portend the President's born-again conversion to multilateralism. Rather, it is a false assessment of U.S. influence and a potentially deadly recipe for U.S. acquiescence to a nuclear Iran.

Consider what's at stake. Oil-rich Iran is arguably the world's most active state sponsor of terrorism. Iran was behind the 1996 bombing of the U.S. military barracks at Khobar Towers in Saudi Arabia. It is funding anti-Israeli terrorist groups, harboring al-Qaida operatives and meddling in Iraq. Iran clandestinely built a sophisticated uranium enrichment program that the United States and European nations agree is intended to produce nuclear weapons. Iran has missiles capable of delivering such weapons to Iraq, Israel and even parts of Europe.

President Bush says the greatest threat to U.S. national security is a nuclear weapon in the hands of terrorists. A nuclear Iran, not Saddam Hussein's Iraq, is a truly dangerous manifestation of that threat.

So how has the Bush administration acted to protect us? Overstretched with 140,000 U.S. troops in Iraq and paralyzed by internal policy disputes, the administration's response has been to posture, threatening to take Iran to the U.N. Security Council, while effectively having no Iran policy at all.

In response to one of the most urgent threats to the United States, Bush has subcontracted American security to the Europeans. Last week the President confirmed this as his approach, arguing that the United States has no choice. "We've sanctioned ourselves out of influence," the President said, almost echoing Vice President Dick Cheney, who as chief executive of Halliburton pressed for lifting U.S. sanctions against Iran.

Britain, France and Germany recently negotiated a fragile, temporary suspension of Iran's uranium enrichment activities. Some U.S. officials have trashed the E.U. effort as toothless and certain to fail. Others hail it as the cornerstone of the U.S. approach. The logic of this contradiction is that the President expects the Europeans to fail but refuses to help them succeed or to offer an option of his own.

The United States was right to unilaterally impose sanctions on Iran when our allies would not go along. But U.S. sanctions do not eliminate U.S. influence over Iran. Leverage can take the form of carrots as well as sticks. Historically, the United States, working with others, has influenced several states living under sanctions to change course -- from Rhodesia and apartheid South Africa to Libya. Sanctions are no excuse for U.S. inaction.

President Bush should take no option off the table with Iran, including the use of force. But he should start by testing the potential of negotiations to halt Iran's nuclear weapons program. No deal can be made with the Iranians without the United States offering significant incentives. Nor is Iran likely to make concessions without the credible threat of the Europeans and the Japanese imposing tough multilateral economic sanctions should negotiations fail.

At the bargaining table, the United States could dangle various incentives the Iranians might find attractive. For instance, in exchange for a full and verifiable halt to Iran's nuclear program as well as termination of its support for terrorism and anti-U.S. elements in Iraq and Afghanistan, the United States could offer to lift U.S. sanctions; normalize relations; pay some Iranian claims against the United States; promote new trade and investment flows; allow Iranian membership in the World Trade Organization; guarantee access to civilian nuclear power; or provide regional security guarantees.

This approach demands more of the United States than abdication to European diplomacy. It requires U.S. leadership, in partnership with the Europeans, of a complex and urgent negotiation with Iran. Apparently, President Bush finds this prospect too difficult or too uncomfortable.

True, the United States faces tough realities and even tougher policy choices. Iran may be determined to acquire nuclear weapons. If so, negotiations will ultimately fail. But we cannot know this unless we try. In any case, we cannot get Europe to apply sanctions against an Iran destined to go nuclear until we've done our best to negotiate a solution.

Negotiations require making concessions. Neoconservatives argue that such concessions would help sustain the current Islamist government, but most analysts agree that the regime is well entrenched. The alternative to negotiating is for the United States to continue to do nothing. By doing nothing, our self-described wartime President is in fact doing something quite significant: He is ensuring there will be no effective brake on Iran, along with North Korea, going fully nuclear.

Susan Rice is a fellow in foreign policy studies at the Brookings Institution. She was assistant secretary of state from 1997 to 2001. This article was written for The Washington Post.
3 posted on 01/01/2005 9:37:35 PM PST by freedom44
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They should have nominated Jimmy Carter.

4 posted on 01/01/2005 9:38:21 PM PST by freedom44
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Iran attempting Shiite coup, evidence to air in two days: Iraqi DM Sat. 1 Jan 2005

Iran Focus

Baghdad, Jan. 01 – Iraq’s Defence Minister, Hazem Shaalan, accused Iran today of attempting to “create a Safavian-style Shiite Crescent stretching from Iran all the way to Syria and Lebanon, engulfing Iraq and bringing about corruption in the country”.

In comments made to the Jordanian daily, Al-Qadr (Tomorrow), the defence chief also promised to release in the next two days footage of “taped-confessions from agents who, acting on foreign orders, were disrupting Iraq’s security”.

Mirroring previous comments Shaalan also called Abu Musab al-Zarqawi, Al-Qaeda’s strongman in Iraq and Iraq’s most wanted man, an “Iranian puppet, whose goal is to destabilise security and welfare in Iraq”.

He sharply criticised Iran for “its efforts at destabilising Iraq” and said that “its objectives were known to everybody”.

The purpose of the January 6th conference in Amman, on Iraq’s security, is “to put pressure on Iran and Syria to stop supporting insurgents” who are entering the country through their borders, Shaalan said.

Over the past year, a string of Iraqi officials, including Iraq’s interim-Prime Minister, Ayad Allawi, and the interim-Iraqi President Ghazi Yawar, have accused Iran of meddling in Iraq. In a December 7 interview with the Washington Post, Yawar accused Iran of pouring “huge amounts of money” into fundamentalist Shiite parties hoping to create an Iraqi Islamic Republic.

Shaalan’s comments on a Iranian-style Shiite Crescent dominating Iraq echoed comments in December by the Jordanian King Abdullah, who said a new "crescent" of dominant Shiite movements or governments stretching from Iran into Iraq, Syria and Lebanon could emerge if pro-Iran parties dominated the new Iraqi government.
5 posted on 01/01/2005 9:43:16 PM PST by freedom44
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The Iraqi interim-Prime Minister, Ayad Allawi, speaking on Iraqi TV today echoed comments made yesterday by Iraq’s Defence Minister, about Iranian and Syrian meddling in Iraq. “There are countries which host those who are involved in activities that are harmful to the people of Iraq”, he said.

Allawi made the comments in response to a question by Al-Iraqiah satellite TV channel on Iranian and Syrian meddling in Iraq and the recent evidence that had been obtained in that regard.

Allawi said that he had written to Iraq’s neighbours giving names and specific information that had been discovered and that he was now awaiting a response. “We are waiting for a response from them (Iran and Syria)”, he said..

The Iraqi Defence Minister, Hazem Shaalan, announced yesterday that he had fresh information on Iranian and Syrian meddling in Iraq. “I have important information regarding the interference into Iraq by these two countries”, Hazem Shaalan said. Speaking on Al-Arabia satellite TV channel, Shaalan stated, “The Iraqi people will soon see footage of the confessions of one of the perpetrators who has information about the meddling of these two countries in Iraq”. .

Allawi, questioned about the footage, replied “Certain countries host those who harm the Iraqi people … we will not tolerate harm done to the people of Iraq”. .

Allawi’s words displayed a strong sense of frustration towards Iran and Syria. He said that his government would not turn a blind-eye to “foreign meddling”, forever.
6 posted on 01/01/2005 9:47:05 PM PST by freedom44
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Presidential polls in Iran slated for June 17, 2005

Saturday, January 01, 2005 - ©2004

LONDON, Jan 1 (IranMania) - Iran's Guardian Council (GC) spokesman Gholam Hossein Elham said on Saturday that the GC has agreed with the coming presidential elections to be held on June 17, 2005.

Making the remarks in his weekly press briefing, he said the council has also agreed with simultaneous holding of parliamentary bi-elections on the same date, according to IRNA.

Referring to the recent demise of the representative of Ilam constituency in parliament, the spokesman said people in Ilam too will go to ballot boxes to select their new representative.

According to him, Tehran constituency will choose its 30th representative on June 17 as well. In answer to a question on confirming or rejecting the qualifications of certain probable nominees in the coming presidential elections, he noted that since nobody has yet registered for the elections, the issue is completely out of the point.

7 posted on 01/01/2005 9:48:56 PM PST by freedom44
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Iranian-American Physician wins Ronald Reagan Award
New York, NY (30 Dec 04) – The Fertility Research Foundation (FRF) announced today that its Executive Director, Masood Khatamee, MD, FACOG, has been chosen as a 2004 Ronald Reagan Republican Gold Medal Award winner. The announcement was made earlier in the month by House Majority Leader Tom DeLay (R-TX), National Republican Congressional Committee Chairman Tom Reynolds (R-NY) and the NRCC from Washington, DC.

Dr. Khatamee was selected based on unyielding support of the Republican Party, outstanding leadership in business and for displaying a commitment to President Ronald Reagan’s vision for an entrepreneurial America.

Only an elite group of business and professional people were nominated to receive the award before the awards selection committee reached a final decision.

Commenting on the selection, Congressman Tom Reynolds, Chairman of the NRCC, said, “Dr. Khatamee has served as an Honorary Chairman of the Business Advisory Council and has provided much needed support. This award could not have gone to a more deserving candidate.”

Dr. Khatamee is a Professor at NYU School of Medicine. For more information on Dr. Khatamee & the FRF, please visit the FRF website at

Press Contact:
Michael Gibson
Tel: +1 917 757 8225

8 posted on 01/01/2005 9:50:06 PM PST by freedom44
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US meddling in others' affairs contributing to the spread of terrorism: Iranian official

The Secretary of Iran's Supreme National Security Council (SNSC) Hassan Rowhani here on Thursday blamed US efforts to interfere in the internal affairs of other countries for deteriorating terrorism situation worldwide, IRNA reported from Tehran.

Rowhani said the fact that the US is using other countries as its base for promoting tyranny as well as the torture of Iraqi prisoners have also had a major contribution to the spread of terrorism.

He said the Islamic Republic of Iran has always announced the US-led campaign against terrorism is a "bogus slogan", adding that the roots of terrorism -- which he named as tyranny and injustice -- must be addressed.

Rowhani, in a speech at a meeting with the people of Semnan, said Washington's current policies toward the issue of terrorism would increase the hatred of the world toward the US.

He said that Iran has adopted an independent stance toward regional and global developments within the frameworks of its own policies.

Rowhani further stressed that Iran has been able to successfully stay away from threats, and praised Iran's prudent positions toward world developments.

He said US officials have always been looking for pretexts to attack Iran, but voiced pleasure that they have not been successful in this regard.

On nuclear issues, Rowhani said that the US had created a ballyhoo about Iran's nuclear energy program so as to lead Iran into a crisis, stressing that the Islamic Republic has managed to avoid crisis.

He said Iran has never been pursuing nuclear arms, adding that Iran is trying to be independent in terms of nuclear fuel supplies.

On Iran-EU negotiations, Rowhani said that Europeans have fulfilled several of their promises, adding that a European delegation is due to visit Iran within the next few days for talks on selling a research atomic reactor.

He said Iran has no concerns as long as the Iranian nation support the Islamic establishment, stressing that Iran's ultimate objective is to attain peaceful nuclear technology.

Rowhani said that Iran's upcoming presidential elections is a very important event, adding that elections can play a significant role in country's development, dignity and independence.

He added that the elections should be turned into a source of people's unity and happiness to encourage them show a strong turnout at the polls.

9 posted on 01/01/2005 9:51:35 PM PST by freedom44
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Other Iran current affairs news in brief

Saturday, January 01, 2005 - ©2004

LONDON, Jan 1 (IranMania)

- A high-ranking member of Iran's National Front, Dr Masoud Hejazi passed away in Tehran on Friday. He was a member of the leadership delegation of Iran's National Front- Iran Emrooz.

- An official in the consultation center of Tehran University said that 17% of the country's medical freshmen this year have been diagnosed with some kind of mental disorder - IRNA

- Iran's Guardian Council finally agreed to the date proposed by the Ministry of Interior for holding the upcoming presidential elections. The ballot will in all probability be held on June 16th of the next Iranian calendar year- Fars News Agency

- Secretary of Iran's State Expediency Council, Mohsen Rezaei predicted the participation of more than 25,000,000 Iranians in the upcoming presidential elections- Aftab

- The 2006 World Summit on ' Museums' will be held in Iran - Iran Daily

10 posted on 01/01/2005 9:54:13 PM PST by freedom44
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Brief Fri. 31 Dec 2004

Iran Focus

Weekly sheds new light on Iranian involvement in French hostage taking
Canard Enchaîne wrote in its final December issue “An Iranian minister came from Tehran to Paris with a message from President Khatami to announce to Chirac that the two hostages will be freed by the end of 2004”. Shedding new light on Iran’s involvement in the kidnapping of two French journalists in Iraq, the weekly added, “The envoy accompanied by Sadeq Kharrazi, the Islamic Republic's Ambassador to Paris, met with the French Interior minister in mid-December. Shortly afterwards, Chirac privately met with the envoy, where he gave him the good news. Iran's Hezbollah agents in Lebanon played a significant role in this case”.

Jordan's Foreign Minister again accuses Iran of role in instability in Iraq
Jordan’s Foreign Minister accused Iran of meddling in Iraq's affairs. Hani Al-Molghi said that Iran is trying to influence the Iraqi election. “The establishment of a pro-Iran religious Shiite regime in Iraq will upset the existing balance in the Middle East and will not be in the interest of the people of Iraq", he said Wednesday.

Majlis deputies receive $1,000 each
An Iranian state-run news agency, ILNA wrote that the Majlis (parliament) Speaker had deposited 10 million rials into the bank accounts of all the current Majlis deputies. The ten-million-rial bonus was justified as "The Majlis speaker's compensation for the costs involved in being a Majlis deputy".

11 posted on 01/01/2005 10:28:56 PM PST by freedom44
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Interesting thread today.

12 posted on 01/01/2005 10:42:55 PM PST by risk
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January 1, 2005 - 23:02

Iranian presidential election scheduled for June 17

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) - Iran's constitutional watchdog has approved June 17 as the date for a presidential election, Iranian television reported Saturday, marking the first contest for control of the presidency since Muslim clerics barred reformist candidates from last year's legislative election.

Whoever emerges victorious will face substantial challenges, including the task of persuading the world Iran's nuclear program is peaceful and responding to President George W. Bush's labelling of Iran as part of the "axis of evil."

The Guardian Council has agreed to hold the presidential election June 17, television quoted council spokesman Gholamhossein Elham saying. Conservatives have gained the upper hand over reformists in the legislature since the Guardian Council barred reformist candidates from running in the February 2004 election.

By-elections in several cities will also be held at the same time, Elham said.

On Monday, Iran's largest reform party, the Islamic Iran Participation Front, chose former cabinet minister Mostafa Moin, a close ally of President Mohammad Khatami, as its sole candidate in the upcoming elections.

The Guardian Council, which vets all legislation and elections, disqualified more than 2,000 reformist candidates in legislative polls in February, effectively barring reformers from the assembly.

Hard-liners are hoping to consolidate their grip on power and further erode the reformists' base of power. Former president Hashemi Rafsanjani, still a powerful force in Iran and a leading hard-liner, has said he will run if most political groups support his candidacy.

Former hard-line clerics who now support reforms have expressed support for former speaker Mahdi Karroubi.

The election will choose a successor to replace Khatami in August, a reformist whose political and social agenda has been stifled by conservatives. Khatami is prevented from running for a third term by the Iranian constitution.

13 posted on 01/01/2005 10:49:37 PM PST by freedom44
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By Safa Haeri
Posted Friday, December 31, 2004

Executions are not an important matter”, Foreign Affairs Ministry’s senior spokesman Hamid Reza Asefi told journalists.
PARIS, 31 Dec. (IPS) Recent statements by some officials from the Judiciary and the Foreign Affairs Ministry concerning death sentences pronounced by some local courts against young women have stirred the anger of Iranians inside and outside the country.

“Executions are not an important matter”, Foreign Affairs Ministry’s senior spokesman Hamid Reza Asefi told journalists last week when asked about international and national reactions to the death sentence against Ms Leyla Mafi, an 18 years old girl who has a mental age of eight.

Leyla was condemned to death by a religious court in the central city of Arak on charges of "acts contrary to chastity" by controlling a brothel, having intercourse with blood relatives and giving birth to an illegitimate child. She is to be flogged before she is executed. She had apparently “confessed” to the charges

Leyla was forced into prostitution by her mother when she was eight years old, according to the 28 November report published by the London-based Amnesty International, and was raped repeatedly thereafter. She gave birth to her first child when she was nine, and was sentenced to 100 lashes for prostitution at around the same time. At the age of 12, her family sold her to an Afghan man to become his “temporary wife”.

Leyla’s case was the fourth in the past six months, as two other young girls had been sentenced to death before her and 30 years-old Hajiyeh Esma’ilvand, was condemned to death by stoning.

Mr. Asefi, who is also a Foreign Affairs Deputy Minister, was reacting to a European Union declaration calling on the Islamic Republic to have more respect for human rights, warning that otherwise, the 25-members club would have difficulties in its relations with Tehran, including signing an important Trade and Cooperation Agreement.

“We have no lesson to receive from the Westerners”, he said, accusing the West of “double standard” practice, “like their treatment of the Palestinians and the Israelis”.

At almost the same time, Ayatollah Mahmoud Hashemi Shahroodi, an Iraqi born cleric appointed by Ayatollah Ali Khameneh’i, the leader of the Islamic Republic, as the Head of Judiciary said Iran’s Islam-based laws are the world’s “most advanced, human, democratic and just”.

He strongly attacked France for its laws forbidding “visible exhibition” of all signs pointing to a religion, whether Muslim, Christian or Jewish, describing the measure as “anti Islamic” and aimed at “preventing Muslim girls schools”.

“Deducting from Mr. Asefi’s statements, death sentences only became important once applied”, an Iranian scholar pointed out in the popular Iranian website “Gooya” on condition of anonymity, adding that according to Iranian officials, putting people, mostly women to death, is an ordinary practice in Muslim nations.

For his part, Mr. Mas’oud Behnoud, a veteran Iranian journalist who fled Iran last week after serving three months in prison said Mr. Asefi’s defense of death and his “unfortunate” answer to international reaction against such practices in the Islamic Republic helps to understand the isolation of the regime at the world stage.

One of the female journalists had been forced to confess to sex with at least six leading reformist personalities
“What one of Iran’s top diplomats in the one hand and the head of the regime’s Judiciary on the other said recently, statements like we have no lessen to get from outsiders or defending the principle of execution or Iran’s Judiciary is the best system in the world, at a time that writers of weblogs and journalists are forced to write public confessions praising their butchers, interrogators, torturers and prison guards or young girls are condemned to death is the best example of showing the distance that separates the Islamic Republic from the international community”, he wrote in his weblog, which was hacked recently.

The cases of the weblog writers and journalists who “confessed” to their “mistakes” and demanded “pardon” from the leader and the Iranian people while thanking their interrogators and prison guards was raised by Hojjatoleslam Mohammad Ali Abtahi in his new weblog, confirming that the confessions had been obtained under physical and psychological pressures they were subject while in solitary confinement.

According to the former Vice president for Legal and Parliamentary Affairs who’s personal weblog, “Webnevesht”, had been hacked, at least five of the nine journalists and owners of weblogs have confirmed that they had been ill-treated in prison and have been physically and psychologically tortured.

Acting on orders from President Mohammad Khatami as member of the Committee to Supervise the Application of the Constitution, Mr. Abtahi, who resigned recently from his post met Hanif Mazrou’i, (Ms) Fereshteh Qazi, Qoreyshi, (MS) Mahboubeh Mollaqoli and Nader Pour, who described to him some of the tortures the jailers and interrogators inflicted on them, including accusing some important reformist personalities of immoral acts, giving the names and addresses of people wanted by the Judiciary or implying others for having sex, drinking alcohol or smoking drugs etc.

“One of the female journalists had been forced to confess to sex with at least six leading reformist personalities. Others said they had been badly beaten up when theyr refused to denounced friends or unknown people. One of them was latter transported to hospital for wounds and she is still under difficult condition”, he disclosed, referring to the case of Ms. Fereshteh Qazi.

14 posted on 01/01/2005 10:54:20 PM PST by freedom44
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Another successful Iranian in the states... congratulations!

15 posted on 01/01/2005 10:59:53 PM PST by F14 Pilot (Democracy is a process not a product)
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To: DoctorZIn; McGavin999; freedom44; nuconvert; sionnsar; AdmSmith; dixiechick2000; Valin; ...

Mohsen Rezai: Voter turnout will exceed 25m

IranMania News
Jan, 1st 2005

LONDON, Jan 1 (IranMania) - More than 25 mln people will take part in the upcoming presidential election slated for May 2005, Iran's secretary of State Expediency Council predicted.

Addressing members of political groups and university students in Zabol (in Sistan-Baluchestan province) on Thursday, Mohsen Rezai noted that what is good about the upcoming presidential election is the fact that political factions have agreed to let people decide about the candidates, IRNA reported.

"In other countries, elections resemble a two-phase university entrance exam. People choose candidates in the first phase and then elect the president or lawmakers depending on the kind of election in the second phase," he said.

Rezai also said that political groups have realized it will be in their own interest to take wise decisions.

Commenting on the country's 20-year Perspective, Rezai noted that this perspective will be implemented in the country in 2005 and provides guidelines for Iran's future.

16 posted on 01/01/2005 11:06:03 PM PST by F14 Pilot (Democracy is a process not a product)
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Iran sends emergency aid to Tsunami victims

Persian Journal
Jan 1, 05

Iranian mission in Indonesia announced that first Iranian aid cargo is to be sent to the quake-hit area in Indonesia.

The contingent contains tents, foodstuff, clothes and medicines weighting 41,000 tons.

Iranian diplomat in Jakarta said more relief aid got on the way into the quake-hit area.

On Thursday, Iran has sent an aid cargo to Thailand weighting 23 tons.

17 posted on 01/01/2005 11:07:23 PM PST by F14 Pilot (Democracy is a process not a product)
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To: freedom44; DoctorZIn; F14 Pilot; nuconvert; MeekOneGOP; Happy2BMe; Grampa Dave
Consider what's at stake. Oil-rich Iran is arguably the world's most active state sponsor of terrorism. Iran was behind the 1996 bombing of the U.S. military barracks at Khobar Towers in Saudi Arabia. It is funding anti-Israeli terrorist groups, harboring al-Qaida operatives and meddling in Iraq. Iran clandestinely built a sophisticated uranium enrichment program that the United States and European nations agree is intended to produce nuclear weapons. Iran has missiles capable of delivering such weapons to Iraq, Israel and even parts of Europe.

President Bush says the greatest threat to U.S. national security is a nuclear weapon in the hands of terrorists. A nuclear Iran, not Saddam Hussein's Iraq, is a truly dangerous manifestation of that threat.

Now's not the time to go wobbly, George.

20 posted on 01/01/2005 11:32:50 PM PST by PhilDragoo (Hitlery: das Butch von Buchenvald)
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