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Iranian Alert -- DAY 33 -- LIVE THREAD PING LIST [Breaking News... Jamming Source Identified]
Live Thread Ping List ^ | 7.12.2003 | DoctorZin

Posted on 07/12/2003 12:16:45 AM PDT by DoctorZIn

The world media has all but ignored this week's dramatic events in Iran. The regime has masterfully handled the world media. The regime appears to have a new ally in their efforts to silent the media, Cuba.

BREAKING NEWS……

Several days ago we reported the jamming of LA based Iranian broadcasters, the key link of communication of the Iranian protest movement. The regime had been jamming the signals in the past within Iran using equipment purchased from France.

But days before the July 9th protests were to begin the broadcaster began reporting that their uplink signal was being jammed as well. This would require jamming equipment either in the US or nearby. We have been seeking confirmation of this story. We now have it.

Loral Skynet, hired a firm to investigate the source of the jamming. The result was that they have narrowed the probable source of the jamming to be in the vicinity of Havana Cuba.

The following is the text of a letter from Loral Skynet to Atlanta Direct-to-Home, the service providing satellite broadcast services to several Los Angeles based Iranian broadcasters. The matter is now in the hands of the FCC.

Loral Skynet 500 Hills Drive P.O. Box 7018 Bodminster, NJ 07921

Peggy A Courter Director , Client Services Tel:(908) 470-2362 Fax:(908) 470-2459 Email: pcourter@loralskynet.com

July 11, 2003

Mr. Michael Day President Atlanta Direct-to-Home (ADTH) 5388 New Peachtree Rd. Chamblee, GA 30341

Dear Mr. Day,

As reported in the news media, it appears that an unknown entity is blocking certain signals into Loral Skynet's Telstar 12 satellite, which signals carry Farsi language and Iranian programming. Skynet is taking all appropriate actions to resolve the interference, and regrets any inconvenience to Atlanta DTH ("ADTH") and its customers caused by the interference. This letter summaries our understanding of the source of the interference and our efforts to resolve it.

Interference into Transponder 10 on Telstar 12 was first reported to Skynet by one of ADTH's uplinkers on July 5, 2003 at approximately 5:35 p.m. EST, and ADTH spoke with Skynet operations personnel within minutes thereafter to discuss the problem. Skynet immediately instituted its standard procedures for detecting the cause of the interference, including investigating any cross-pole carrier or adjacent operator issues and any recent uplinking activity that may have adversely affected the carrier. Skynet determined that none of those factors contributed to the interference, and that the Telstar 12 satellite and Transponder 10 were, and had been, operating properly (and, in fact, continue to operate properly). As a result, Skynet concluded that the interference was caused by a third party.

Similarly, ADTH instituted several procedures to attempt to resolve the interference, including reducing its bandwidth and splitting capacity among three carriers. Despite these procedures, intermittent interference continued.

Accordingly, Skynet contacted a transmitter geo-location service, TLS, Inc., to attempt to locate the transmit source of the interference. TLS was able to provide an ellipse of the most probable location of the source of the interference, which it identified as being in the vicinity of Havana, Cuba. As the services being interfered with are licensed with the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) and the probable source of the interference is not within United States boundaries, on July 9 Skynet forwarded the information concerning the interference and TLS's investigation to FCC personnel. The FCC has contacted TLS for further technical discussions.

As Skynet continues its efforts to eliminate the interference into Telstar 12, I want to reassure you that Skynet understands ADTH's concerns and those of its customers regarding their broadcasting integrity, and Skynet remains full committed to resolving the issue as quickly as possible.

Please do not hesitate to contact me if you would like to discuss this matter further.

Sincerely,

Peggy A. Courter Director, Client SErvices

cc: Wei Hu, Esq. Jacky Hse

Copies of the original fax can be seen at:

http://members.cox.net/iranazad/Skynet1.jpg

http://members.cox.net/iranazad/Skynet2.jpg

This story has national security implications. We need to write the media and ensure they cover this breaking story. We need to contact our elected officials and demand they investigate this immediately.

These efforts by the regime, while successful in the short term, do not resolve the fundamental reasons why this regime is crumbling from within.

As Michael Ledeen posted recently, "...we can already say that the regime's intimidation was not successful. And you have to admire the courage of these young Iranians..."

Iran is a country ready for a regime change. 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.

Please continue to join us here, post your news stories and comments to this thread.

Thanks for all the help.

DoctorZin


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1 posted on 07/12/2003 12:16:46 AM PDT by DoctorZIn
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2 posted on 07/12/2003 12:19:14 AM PDT by Support Free Republic (Your support keeps Free Republic going strong!)
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Join Us at Iranian Alert -- DAY 33 -- LIVE THREAD PING LIST [Breaking News... Jamming Source Identified]

Live Thread Ping List | 7.12.2003 | DoctorZIn

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3 posted on 07/12/2003 12:20:33 AM PDT by DoctorZIn (IranAzad... Until they are free, we shall all be Iranians!)
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To: DoctorZIn
I don't ever recall anything like this happening before. Is there any history on a foriegn government jamming an uplink to one of our satellites? Civillian or not.
4 posted on 07/12/2003 12:26:05 AM PDT by SC Swamp Fox (Aim small, miss small.)
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To: SC Swamp Fox
Not that I am aware of. We will contact the FCC and find out.
5 posted on 07/12/2003 12:29:57 AM PDT by DoctorZIn (IranAzad... Until they are free, we shall all be Iranians!)
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Reporters authorized to meet Iran protest detainees

6/17/03
Tehran Public and Revolutionary Prosecutors' Offices announced in Tehran on Monday that reporters are now authorized to meet those arrested in the recent unrests in Tehran, IRNA reported.

The prosecutor's office public relations department said in a fax, a copy of which was sent to IRNA, that the courts have authorized reporters to meet and take pictures of the detainees.

It also called the detainees as "hooligans" and "opportunists" warning that the police will strongly confront those who aim to disturb the public peace.

It said among those arrested in Tehran are "corrupt street women" and accused the US as being behind the recent disturbances in the country.

Meanwhile, the head of a key journalists association has written separate letters to Iran's interior minister and police chief, in which he has complained of alleged harassment of journalists by vigilantes during recent on-campus unrest.

Rajab-Ali Mazrouie, the head of the Iranian Journalists Guilds Association, has called for "respecting the prestige and dignity of journalists and guaranteeing their freedom of activity at the time of various events".

"In the course of student protests over the past few days, several journalists have been beaten up by plain-clothes elements as well as unfortunately by police," he said in part of his letters, released Saturday.

"Article 5 of the Press Law recognizes gathering and publishing domestic and foreign news as a legal right, but unfortunately this important right is ignored during some events," Mazrouie, who also represents Tehran in parliament, said.

"The damage resulting from such illegal actions leads to ignoring people's right of being kept informed of the society's events and deprives state officials from the views of informed observers," he added.

http://www.payvand.com/news/03/jun/1097.html

"If you want on or off this Iran ping list, Freepmail me”
6 posted on 07/12/2003 12:40:22 AM PDT by DoctorZIn (IranAzad... Until they are free, we shall all be Iranians!)
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To: DoctorZIn
Check this blog, has some interesting stuff on the Iran situation as well as much on the Iraq Nuclear deal:

instapundit.com

7 posted on 07/12/2003 12:43:53 AM PDT by Ernest_at_the_Beach (Iran Mullahs will feel the heat from our Iraq victory!)
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Iran protest broadens to writers, teachers

06/17/03

Ali Akbar Dareini
Associated Press

Tehran, Iran - More than 250 university teachers and writers added their voices to students' bold demands for democratic reforms in Iran, telling supreme leader
Ayatollah Ali Khamenei that he must answer to the people and abandon the idea that he is God's unchallenged representative on Earth.

The reformists' statement, published yesterday in the newspaper Yas-e-nou, was an encouraging sign for the students who demonstrated for about a week and even called for Khamenei's death before their protests were broken up by police and hard-line government backers.

Those who signed the statement did so even though the protests were put down by violence and even though politicians who have made similar calls in the past have been arrested. The signatories in cluded two aides to reformist President Mohammad Khatami: Saeed Pourazizi, an official in the president's office, and Saeed Hajjarian, who is widely regarded as the architect of Khatami's reform program.

The Bush administration endorsed the demonstrators, saying they "are asking to join the modern world," State Department spokesman Richard Boucher said. He said U.S. support is limited to that and nothing more.

On Sunday, President Bush said the protests showed a yearning for freedom. Foreign Ministry spokesman Hamid Reza Asefi criticized Bush for the remarks yesterday, saying the comments reflect a "lack of knowledge or animosity and deep hostility" toward Iran.

"These remarks are a blatant interference in Iran's internal affairs," he said. Iran accuses the United States of playing a role in the demonstrations.

On Capitol Hill, 13 repre sentatives led by Rep. Brad Sherman, Democrat of California, introduced a bill Friday to provide U.S. help to democratic opponents of the Iranian government and to dissident broadcasts based in the United States.

The legislation also would impose a total embargo on imports of Iranian goods and allow the president to reduce U.S. contributions to the World Bank and other institutions that assist Iran.

In Vienna, Austria, the head of the U.N. nuclear agency urged Iran to allow more intrusive inspections of its nuclear-facilities to ease concerns that it is developing atomic weapons.

Mohamed ElBaradei's appeal before the International Atomic Energy Agency's board came 10 days after an internal report claimed that Iran had failed to honor promises to disclose its use of nuclear material.

http://www.cleveland.com/news/plaindealer/index.ssf?/base/news/1055842484295820.xml
9 posted on 07/12/2003 12:58:19 AM PDT by DoctorZIn (IranAzad... Until they are free, we shall all be Iranians!)
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Iran's president offers to resign

USATODAY 7.12.2003

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — President Mohammad Khatami unexpectedly said he will resign if people want him to go, amid growing public dissatisfaction over his failure to meet promises of democratic reform, a newspaper reported Saturday.

It was the first time Khatami has publicly offered to resign. Iran's formerly popular president has come under increasing pressure in recent months to stand firm against unelected hard-line clerics and fulfill election promises of freedoms and democratic change.

"We are not masters of people but servants of this nation. If this nation says we don't want you, we will go," Khatami was quoted as saying by the government-owned daily, Iran.

Khatami made the comments in a speech in Karaj, west of the capital Tehran, on Thursday, but the state-run television and radio censored the part of his speech that discussed a possible resignation.

Khatami's hopes for a compromise with hard-liners have been thwarted in recent weeks after the Guardian Council, which vets all parliamentary legislation, rejected two key reform bills presented by the president.

http://www.usatoday.com/news/world/2003-07-12-khatami_x.htm
12 posted on 07/12/2003 1:19:57 AM PDT by DoctorZIn (IranAzad... Until they are free, we shall all be Iranians!)
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To: DoctorZIn
Another article on Khatami' offer to resign

Iran: Khatami Offers to Resign if Iran Wants

13 posted on 07/12/2003 1:27:50 AM PDT by TigerLikesRooster
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To: risk; nuconvert; RaceBannon; Texas_Dawg; Eala; yonif
MI6 Cheif said in a briefing with senior BBC executives:
Iran and Syria 'greater danger than Saddam'

By Kamal Ahmad
Sunday July 6, 2003
The Observer

The head of MI6, Sir Richard Dearlove, secretly briefed senior BBC executives on Saddam Hussein's weapons of mass destruction before the Today programme claimed Number 10 had 'sexed up' part of the evidence.
In a remarkable revelation that goes to the heart of the increasingly bitter row between the Government and the BBC, broadcasting sources have told The Observer that Dearlove suggested that Syria and Iran posed a greater threat to world security than Iraq.

Although the MI6 chief was not the source of BBC allegations that 10 Downing Street deliberately exaggerated the claim that Saddam's weapons could be ready in 45 minutes, the meetings have strengthened resolve within the corporation to refuse Government demands that it should apologise.

Greg Dyke, the Director General of the BBC, will give a robust defence of the story and say that many of the allegations have been proved true.

This move will put him in direct conflict with Tony Blair, who dramatically upped the stakes last night by demanding a full retraction of the allegations about weapons of mass destruction, saying the charge against him was the gravest he had ever faced as Prime Minister.

In an exclusive interview with The Observer, Blair said the story was 'about as serious an attack on my integrity as there could possibly be'.

Tonight the BBC governors meet in emergency session to discuss the corporation's response to the row. The briefings by Dearlove will make up part of the evidence presented by Dyke and Richard Sambrook, BBC Director of News, to the governors.

The two men, who have both been told of the contacts between Dearlove and BBC executives, will say these provided the 'background context' to the story first run by the Today programme's defence correspondent, Andrew Gilligan.

One meeting, over lunch, was attended by Dearlove, Kevin Marsh, the editor of the Today programme, and John Humphrys, its leading presenter.

At another meeting with a senior BBC executive, sources said Dearlove made it clear that Iraq was not viewed by the intelligence services as the primary threat.

A minute taken of the meeting, on which The Observer has been briefed, Dearlove was asked about the greatest threats to world security. He said that on an analysis of the danger from weapons of mass destruction and terrorism, Iraq was not the priority.

Asked whether Iran and Syria posed a greater threat, Dearlove 'appeared to assent'.

When Humphrys interviewed John Reid, the former Leader of the House of Commons recently promoted to Health Secretary, the presenter said he had met 'senior' figures in the intelligence services. Reid had said the claims made by the programme were those of 'rogue elements' in the security services. This claim was dismissed by the BBC.

'Well, let me tell you,' Humphrys said. 'I myself have spoken to senior people in the intelligence services who have said things, that the Government have exaggerated the threat from Saddam Hussein and his weapons of mass destruction.'

Blair refused to call for an apology from the BBC, but Number 10 officials made it clear that as soon the Foreign Affairs Committee publishes its report on the issue tomorrow, they will demand a retraction.

Although the committee is thought to have cleared Campbell unanimously over the 45-minutes claim, it was split over whether there had been attempts to strengthen the dossier.

It is believed the decision to clear Campbell was made only on the casting vote of the chairman, the Labour MP Donald Anderson.

'It is untrue. That statement is untrue,' Blair said of the claim that the original weapons dossier published last September had been deliberately interfered with against the wishes of the intelligence services.

'The idea that I or anyone else in my position would start altering intelligence evidence or saying to the intelligence services "I am going to insert this" is absurd.

'There couldn't be a more serious charge, that I ordered our troops into conflict on the basis of intelligence evidence that I falsified.

'You could not make a more serious charge against a Prime Minister. The charge happens to be wrong. I think everyone now accepts that that charge is wrong.'

But last night the BBC was still sticking by its story. Senior figures told The Observer they had a 'powerful case' for the governors.

Blair said: 'I am astonished if they are still saying it is accurate. On what basis are they saying that?'

'Whether they had a source or not, only they know. The issue surely is this, that if people make a claim and it turns out to be wrong, they should accept it is wrong.

'I take it as about as serious an attack on my integrity there could possibly be, and the charge is untrue and I hope that they will accept that. I think they should accept it.

'The only reason this issue has taken a long time is because the BBC still says, well I am sorry but you know even though we can't tell you who this source is, and it is perfectly obvious he wasn't even a member of the Joint Intelligence Committee (JIC), nonetheless we are sticking by the story.'

The BBC will present a report to the governors outlining why they took the decision to run the story.

They will say the evidence on the 45-minutes claim was added to the September dossier 'at a late stage'.

It will add that Campbell asked for 11 changes to the dossier, some of which sought to strengthen it.

Campbell says that although he made some drafting suggestions, nothing was put in the first dossier that was not agreed by the JIC, a body made up of leading members of the intelligence service and civil servants.

Menzies Campbell, the Liberal Democrats' foreign affairs spokesman, said the disclosure about Dearlove raised new questions. 'This fresh information only serves to underline the need for a much wider inquiry under the direction of a senior judge,' he said.

'The Foreign Affairs Select Committee and the Intelligence and Security Committee will doubtless have done their best but only complete disclosure will get to the bottom of this matter and be enough to satisfy the public interest.

'Britain went to war in circumstances of great controversy. Right at the heart of the matter is whether the evidence was sufficient in quality and quantity to justify the risks, casualties, and long- term consequences of going to war.

'There is an emerging suspicion that the intelligence was used in an effort to provide a justification for a political decision that had already been taken. Sir Richard Dearlove would clearly be a crucial witness in the kind of independent inquiry now necessary.'

Additional reporting by Martin Bright

http://observer.guardian.co.uk/iraq/story/0,12239,992693,00.html

14 posted on 07/12/2003 1:51:56 AM PDT by F14 Pilot
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To: DoctorZIn; risk; Texas_Dawg; nuconvert; Eala; norton; yonif; rontorr
3 Interesting Articles, I offer all to read them!
send links to your friends and mates.

http://www.observer.co.uk/international/story/0,6903,780339,00.html

http://observer.guardian.co.uk/international/story/0,6903,784160,00.html

http://observer.guardian.co.uk/international/story/0,6903,769043,00.html

Tim Judah reports from Tehran, where rising hemlines and access to technology point to the erosion of the mullahs' power .................................>>>>>>>>


F14 Pilot: A little bit old articles but useful to get certain knowledges from inside of Iran.
15 posted on 07/12/2003 2:01:43 AM PDT by F14 Pilot
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To: SC Swamp Fox
The time will come when we have to 'nuke' both France and Cuba?

Evil is Evil!!

16 posted on 07/12/2003 2:38:37 AM PDT by maestro
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To: DoctorZIn
If Khatami resigns it will be civil war, perhaps it is time for that.
17 posted on 07/12/2003 2:56:59 AM PDT by AdmSmith
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To: AdmSmith; RaceBannon; Eala; nuconvert; risk; yonif; rontorr; norton; BeforeISleep; Texas_Dawg
It wont be a civil war, it will be a real revolution.
What happened in 1979 was a coup not a revolution.
If Khatami resigns, which I doubt, The people will find their last way to reform or revolution.
Khatami is not an obstacle, Khatami is a fake moderator of the regime.
If he goes, the whole regime will go faster.

http://www.sumka.org/islamic_paradise_e.htm
18 posted on 07/12/2003 4:23:10 AM PDT by F14 Pilot (Locked on Targets!)
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To: DoctorZIn
Jamming signals are coming from Cuba, sources say

Anyone have a spare cruise missile?

19 posted on 07/12/2003 4:45:29 AM PDT by Momaw Nadon (The mind is like a parachute. It doesn't work unless it's open.)
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To: F14 Pilot
(I lost my previous post)
This Loral story probably won't break until Monday. That is if they decide it's news-worthy.
Sorry to have missed all the excitement last night.
20 posted on 07/12/2003 4:59:40 AM PDT by nuconvert
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To: F14 Pilot
You had a link to SUMKÂ.
here is something from their web site:

Fellow Iranian (Aryan) Compatriots

The SUMKÂ (NATIONAL SOCIALIST IRANIAN WORKERS PARTY) is a political and educational party dedicated to the preservation of the Iranian peoples, and our Superior Iranian cultural heritage and Civilization.

As the world enemy wages war against the Iranian peoples, and our ancient Civilization in every corner of the world, we have found that the ONLY WAY to shock our people awake is through BOLD ACTION. Too many others would rather try to TALK the problem away, while we realize that the time has come to FIGHT!

Only the DRAFSH-e KÂVIÂNI, the AGE OLD SYMBOL OF IRANIAN RESIDENCE against evil forces, has the SHOCK- POWER to shatter the Aniranians and force Iranians to THINK ABOUT WHAT IS GOING ON.

Here at SUMKÂ, we are gathering the best and most ACTIVE of our fighters for the Iranian Peoples (Aryans), men and women who realize that this is not a game or a club, rather a DEADLY FIGHT for the struggle of our way of life, the SCHOOL IRANIANISM.

Persons who would like to join us in this all-out fight for the survival of our Race and Nation may email us to request an OFFICIAL SUPPORTER OR MEMBERSHIP form.

To qualify you must be a member of Iranian Family, believe in the School of Iranianism, and willing to obey the principals of the SUMKÂ party. After completing training courses, and success in a written examination, the desirous will be able to join as a member, and their duties and stations will be decided by Executive Committee.

The SUMKÂ party wish to attract only those Iranians who are willing to fight and sacrifice their lives for something greater and more meaningful than themselves...our BELOVED IRAN and IRANIAN PEOPLES.

A Statue of an Iranian Princess of Parthian Dynasty, in Iranian Hail Posture. (3rd Century BCE, from the occupied province of Khvarvaran "Today known as Iraq")."


This is not something we want. I suppose we all want a market oriented society based on the middle class. Anybody have info on the strength of these crackpots and other revolutionary nuts?
21 posted on 07/12/2003 5:04:28 AM PDT by AdmSmith
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To: F14 Pilot
Thanks for the ping
good morning
22 posted on 07/12/2003 5:06:08 AM PDT by firewalk
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To: AdmSmith
This is not against you.
This is against Mullahs.
Please watch the pictures, and I didnt mean to say that one is good, other is bad.
The main point is that Iranians do not want Mullahs, they'd like to overthrow them even by force.
Sorry for any misunderstandings
23 posted on 07/12/2003 5:10:01 AM PDT by F14 Pilot (Locked on Targets!)
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DoctorZIn, Thanks for being the voice for the voiceless.

This treachery beween Iran, Cuba and France is a subset of the original Axis of Evil.

It is useful that they have exposed themselves this way.

And may I say, Fidel, that the clock is ticking on you too.

tick...tick...tick...

24 posted on 07/12/2003 5:18:15 AM PDT by happygrl
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To: DoctorZIn
It said among those arrested in Tehran are "corrupt street women" ...ad...
25 posted on 07/12/2003 5:22:39 AM PDT by happygrl (Iran Azad....until they are free, we are all "corupt street women"!!!!!!)
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To: DoctorZIn
"We are not masters of people but servants of this nation. If this nation says we don't want you, we will go," Khatami was quoted as saying by the government-owned daily, Iran.

This is getting so little play in the news.

26 posted on 07/12/2003 5:23:12 AM PDT by BunnySlippers
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To: TigerLikesRooster
"Iran: Khatami Offers to Resign if Iran Wants"

Gee...I wonder if that's what Iran wants.
For some reason everyone in the country knows except
Mr. Khatami. Even though he's offered to resign a dozen times before.
YES!!! IRAN WANTS! NOW GO ALREADY!
27 posted on 07/12/2003 5:31:07 AM PDT by nuconvert
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To: F14 Pilot
"National Socialist" has a cetain, shall we say, TAINT about it.

I think that this was the concern.

My impression of Iranians is that they are waaaaay too entrepenuerial and business-oriented to be Socialists.

This is the hyperbole of the young.

Get rid of the Mullahs and this will sort itself out.

28 posted on 07/12/2003 5:44:04 AM PDT by happygrl (Iran Azad....until they are free, we are all "corrupt street women"!!!!!!)
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To: nuconvert
Oh. One more thing.
When you finally resign, Mr Khatami,
take Khamenei & Rafsanjani with you.
BECAUSE THAT'S WHAT IRAN WANTS!
29 posted on 07/12/2003 6:00:07 AM PDT by nuconvert
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To: DoctorZIn
I see we're back on breaking news forum. What was up yesterday?
30 posted on 07/12/2003 6:09:25 AM PDT by nuconvert
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To: happygrl
I agree with you to some extent.
But I just wanted to show that Iranian Youth wanna hit the regime with force and extremism, and The major goal of me to show them was those pictures about Iran.
31 posted on 07/12/2003 6:45:36 AM PDT by F14 Pilot (Locked on Targets!)
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To: nuconvert; DoctorZIn; risk; ewing; Eala; yonif; norton; RaceBannon
The Iranian Officials confirmed that more than 250 have been arrested on 9th of July.
(( According to the latest news on BBC Persian Section ))
32 posted on 07/12/2003 6:52:07 AM PDT by F14 Pilot (Locked on Targets!)
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To: DoctorZIn; risk; nuconvert; Eala; RaceBannon; ewing; yonif; rontorr; happygrl; norton; freedom44
FORMER IRANIAN EMPRESS LAUDS IRANIAN STUDENTS AND PEOPLE

PARIS 11 July (IPS) Former Iranian Empress Farah Diba-Pahlavi praised the "courageous and brave" Iranian students and people "struggle for democracy and freedom in Iran and expressed her "full support" for their "admirable" action.

Talking briefly to some Iranian journalists covering her visit on Friday to an exhibition of photographs from old and contemporary Iranian painters, she assured "all her compatriots, all the fathers and mothers, sisters and brothers, old and younger ones, but mostly the students and all those who, in these days, fight for the restoration of freedom and democracy in Iran that they have the full support of all Iranians anywhere in the world".

Mr. Abdolhamid Eshraq, a Paris-based architect and political activist organized the Exhibition, a collection of some hundred of photographs of paintings covering the past century up to modern times, including some portraits of herself, her late husband at the age of 12, former kings and princes, political personalities and musicians, as well as portraits of female dancers, some of them with nude breasts, village and towns sceneries, religious festivities or scenes of beheading culprits or martyrs, representation of epic stories etc.

"On these days, when brave Iranian students and people, writers and intellectuals, artists and journalists who are in prison, I want to tell them that they are always in our thoughts, hearts and minds, that we fully support their struggle, each of us according to his possibilities and his position, and I’m sure and certain that the day freedom would return to our nation is not that far", she said, referring to the past weeks anti-regime and anti-clerical rulers protests, led by hundreds of students joined by thousands ordinary people.

As the former empress, better known by Iranians as "Shahbanoo" (the wife of the Shah) was describing the courage and tolerance of the Iranian youths as "a lesson of morality and struggle, "at least for myself", in Tehran, former president Ayatollah Ali Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani tagged the protesters as "pawns and mercenaries" for American "plotters", saying that the protest movement was "so insignificant" that the authorities saw it enough to let unarmed Law Enforcement Forces deal with the demonstrators.

"It is unfortunate that some of our compatriots fall in traps laid by the Americans and the Britons, using some local tribunes, taking unwise moves in line with enemy wishes", the cleric said, acknowledging however that "mistakes on the part of the people or provocations by improper domestic elements for certain political and factional ends had given rise to the unrest".

"He also ridiculed certain publicity by Americans, Britons, and domestic media that people have given up support for the establishment", the official news agency IRNA quoted the Chairman of the influential Expediency Council, without explaining that why the authorities had arrested 8.000 demonstrators all over the country or shouts of "death to Khameneh'i, death to Hashemi" or "Khatami, resign, resign".

Meanwhile, Dr Abdolkarim Soroosh, a prominent Islamist thinker and philosopher in a letter to his old friend Mohammad Khatami, accused him to be "the main responsible" for the fiascos suffered by the reformists in the past years.

In his letter, entitled as "Soroosh’s Pains" the dissident intellectual says Iranian people’s peaceful revolt against religious dictatorship was a "sweet experience" that Mr. Khatami "did not honoured, respected nor understood it".

The open letter is a follow up to the past missives written by Iranian personalities, organisations or groups to Iranian clerical rulers or international community, the last one being the letter sent to the United Nations Secretary General Kofi Annan by 30 leaders of students associations covering all Iranian universities, in which they inform him that the Islamic Republic violates "systematically" the Universal Declaration for Human Rights.

"Here we are, prisons in full development and expansions and universities ruined; an ill society in the grips of the cancerous rogue elements of Ansar Hezbollah that suffocates breathing", Mr. Soroosh tells a lamed and powerless President

http://www.iran-press-service.com/articles_2003/Jul-2003/students_unrests_shahbanoo_11703.htm
33 posted on 07/12/2003 6:58:14 AM PDT by F14 Pilot (Javid Shah!)
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To: DoctorZIn
The Big Three broadcasters won't lift a finger on this story and try to keep it "limited to cable" because it doesn't affect their satellites. They need to keep the adgenda focused on the failure of George W. Bush and not the comming collapse of the Iranian regime and all that entails.

If the mullahs are thrown from power by mere students , Americans and those in the West may start asking - why couldn't this happen sooner and at fewer years of human misery, oppresion and death. This revolution is making a lot of people as a lot of questions in the East and West.

34 posted on 07/12/2003 7:09:31 AM PDT by jriemer (We are a Republic not a Democracy)
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To: yonif; risk; ewing; RaceBannon; rontorr; Eala; nuconvert; freedom44; DoctorZIn; Texas_Dawg
http://www.womeniniran.org/english.htm
35 posted on 07/12/2003 7:11:23 AM PDT by F14 Pilot (Javid Shah!)
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To: jriemer; nuconvert; Texas_Dawg
I think Medias are busy with WMD in Iraq.
No time for DMDs.... right?

<<<< DMD: Dictators of Mass Destruction......... >>>>
36 posted on 07/12/2003 7:15:10 AM PDT by F14 Pilot (Locked on Targets!)
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To: F14 Pilot
The major goal of me to show them was those pictures about Iran.

You got he message across here.

The Mullahs are so Moral - NOT!!!!!!!

They are a disgrace to God and all that is Holy.

37 posted on 07/12/2003 7:25:41 AM PDT by happygrl
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To: DoctorZIn
Hmmmm, wonder exactly which prisoners they will be allowed to "interview". I'll bet the mad mullahs go through those arrested and find all the dredges they can find and won't let the press even near the intelligent, articulate students. If I were in the press over there, I would go in armed with a list of students and their pictures.
38 posted on 07/12/2003 7:41:38 AM PDT by McGavin999
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To: happygrl
(Iran Azad....until they are free, we are all "corupt street women"!!!!!!)

Ummm, happygrl... that's going to be a bit difficult for some of us to pull off...

39 posted on 07/12/2003 7:41:43 AM PDT by Eala (Freedom for Iran -- http://eala.freeservers.com/iranrally)
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To: F14 Pilot
I like that
40 posted on 07/12/2003 7:44:14 AM PDT by nuconvert
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To: McGavin999
It won't be anyone who looks really beaten up.
41 posted on 07/12/2003 7:46:08 AM PDT by nuconvert
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To: Momaw Nadon
>Jamming signals are coming from Cuba, sources say
Anyone have a spare cruise missile?

I had been wondering much the same. Why has this been allowed to go on so long? I'm beginning to be a bit concerned about the Bush administration.

42 posted on 07/12/2003 7:52:51 AM PDT by Eala (Freedom for Iran -- http://eala.freeservers.com/iranrally)
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To: F14 Pilot
This is not against you. This is against Mullahs.

OK, I get your point; you want to show that some Iranian youth are prepared to go to the extreme to get rid of the mullahs. But it seems that these extreme kids not only are prepared to die for their cause, but to replace one stupid ideology with another similar brain dead vision.

We have to learn from history and that is that if you have a revolutionary situation the most extreme will have the upper hand, if not the silent majority is given a helping hand. When you have a totalitarian regime the opposition tends to be extreme as the silent majority is frightened. In the former communist central Europe the regimes gave up peacefully, with the exception of Yugoslavia and to some extent Albania.

Groups like the Marxist(!)-Islamist MEK, SUMKÂ (ideology described by their name NATIONAL SOCIALIST IRANIAN WORKERS PARTY) should not only be prevented from acting they should be terminated. Actually we in the West should assist the Iranian government in this.

Our objective is a responsible government in Iran. This means that they should comply with the NPT and not make nuclear bombs, not support terrorism etc. If the people in Iran wants to have a theocracy (which I do not think) it is OK.

My opinion has been that even a majority of the mullahs are fed up with the present situation and that given time we will have a peaceful regime change. However, the last days has convinced me that some groups (read the Rafsanjani clan) is so afraid of losing their money that they will stick to status quo.

As long as Rafsanjani is around there will not be a peaceful change. If we can convince him that Iran is heading for a civil war when Khatami resigns and that the most likely result after the chaos is that the present regime will lose not only power but as well their money, then we can make him and his entourage an offer they can not refuse: A safe haven in Saudi together with say 1 bn USD. (remember the article that Saudi offered 300 mullahs a place in the Sun) This is much cheaper than the cost for the damage that a civil war will cause.

There are a lot of behind-the-scenes negotiations going on and we will see the coming weeks if Iran comply with IAEA, extradites the 200 or so al Qaeda followers. I anticipated that these negotiations would have been completed before July 9th but I was wrong. Now is the time to put up the pressure on Rafsanjani. Give him hell Henry!
43 posted on 07/12/2003 8:11:58 AM PDT by AdmSmith
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To: AdmSmith
the regimes gave up peacefully, with the exception of Yugoslavia and to some extent Albania

Sorry, I missed Romaina it was a coup d'etat (staged by KGB)
44 posted on 07/12/2003 8:18:02 AM PDT by AdmSmith
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To: DoctorZIn
Not really a bug surprise.

I doubt if the Cubans have this capability. The jamming is probably coming the ChiCom ELINT group in Cuba. They monitor our electronic communications for their ChiCom masters.
45 posted on 07/12/2003 8:32:19 AM PDT by Grampa Dave (Reach out and pound the liberals daily! Become a $/day donor to Free Republic!)
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To: Eala
I'm beginning to be a bit concerned about the Bush administration.

Remember that just because we don't see it, does not mean that they are doing something about the problems. Besides being concerned about freedom in Iran, I also travel to Cuba and work with a group that is working with the people down there. You will never hear about it on the news because, for one reason, the group I work with makes very sure that their name does not get out (because then the Cuban government would stop us and throw us out of the country, as they have done with a few people from this organization). But I have great faith in what Bush and his administration are doing in this world right now. Remember, they have the entire world, and much of the United States, against them on most of their foreign policies.

46 posted on 07/12/2003 8:36:16 AM PDT by Texas_Dawg ("...They came to hate their party and this president... They have finished by hating their country.")
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To: Texas_Dawg
Thanks.
47 posted on 07/12/2003 8:49:56 AM PDT by Eala (Freedom for Iran -- http://eala.freeservers.com/iranrally)
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To: Eala
...Iran Azad....until they are free, we are all "corupt street women"!!!!!!)...

Very funny
48 posted on 07/12/2003 9:50:02 AM PDT by DoctorZIn (IranAzad... Until they are free, we shall all be Iranians!)
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To: All
Is anyone emailing their elected officals and the media about the jamming from Cuba?
49 posted on 07/12/2003 9:55:26 AM PDT by DoctorZIn (IranAzad... Until they are free, we shall all be Iranians!)
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To: Eala
I'm beginning to be a bit concerned about the Bush administration.

Eala, there is so much going on behind the scenes on this. This is really a major undertaking and it doesn't happen overnight. This is going to change the entire face of the earth. You can't build something new and strong on a rotting foundation. The old, the rotting and the corrupt must be dismatled brick by brick and that's exactly what is being done. Step one, Afghanistan, step two Iraq. Both Iran (who is purchasing missiles from North Korea as well as financing terrorism) and Syria (a major terrorist supporter) are basically isolated. Step three, begin the "peace process" in Israel and Palestine knowing that the terrorists can not accept any peace process and will expose the ugly underbelly of the Iranian sponsored Hizbollah in preparation for the death blow by the US (with the backing of the so called Quartet). Step four, make sure that Africa will not provide safe haven for the fleeing terrorists the mad mullahs employ. Step five...........I won't go on, because we aren't there yet, but so far I can see the entire plan the Bush administration has laid out to eliminate the threat of terror and bring peace and prosperity to the middle east.

I know it's frustrating to wait, but there is no alternative. The demolition is almost complete, the foundation is being laid, the future is bright.

50 posted on 07/12/2003 10:02:32 AM PDT by McGavin999
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