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Iranian Alert -- August 14, 2003 -- LIVE THREAD PING LIST
The Iranian Student Movement Up To The Minute Reports ^ | 8.14.2003 | DoctorZin

Posted on 08/14/2003 12:01:02 AM PDT by DoctorZIn

The regime is working hard to keep the news about the protest movment in Iran from being reported.

From jamming satellite broadcasts, to prohibiting news reporters from covering any demonstrations to shutting down all cell phones and even hiring foreign security to control the population, the regime is doing everything in its power to keep the popular movement from expressing its demand for an end of the regime.

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

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


TOPICS: Extended News; Foreign Affairs; News/Current Events; War on Terror
KEYWORDS: iran; iranianalert; protests; studentmovement
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1 posted on 08/14/2003 12:01:02 AM PDT by DoctorZIn
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2 posted on 08/14/2003 12:01:49 AM PDT by DoctorZIn
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Zanganeh says increasing Iraqi supply will push down OPEC prices

Tehran, Aug 13, IRNA -- Oil Minister Bijan Namdar Zanganeh said here
Wednesday that an increase in Iraq's oil exports would be highly
significant in pushing down prices of OPEC crude on the market.
Commenting on the outcome of Iraq's entry to the oil market,
Zanganeh told reporters at the end of the weekly cabinet meeting that
higher supply has a reverse impact on demand.
Zanganeh turned to Iran's oil exploration and exploitation
projects, saying a semi-submersible oil rig is under construction in
the resource-rich sea by Iranian Company Sadra with an almost 50
percent progress and the capacity to operate in water and drill depths
of up to 800 to 900 meters.
He said the new-generation rig will be delivered to contractors in
the inland sea by end of the current Iranian year in March.
Public Relations Department at National Iranian Oil Company (NIOC)
had recently reported that operations on the project had shown more
than 59 percent progress until the end of `Khordad', the third month
in Iranian calendar, and the project is going to get complete by mid
next year.
The NIOC Public Relations Department had said the consortium of
Iran Maritime Industries (Sadra) and Swedish GVA-C Corp., had won a
bid on the dlrs 215 million contract in 2001.
Sadra has also won a dlrs 50.6 million plus rls 48 billion
contract in two chunks of international tenders in January 2002 for
construction of three more such rigs.

http://www.irna.ir/en/tnews/030814181154.etn03.shtml
3 posted on 08/14/2003 12:13:00 AM PDT by F14 Pilot
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New American-Style TV Show Is Beamed to Tehran in Persian

By THE NEW YORK TIMES

WASHINGTON, Aug. 13 — At first glance, the broadcast that emanates each afternoon from a small studio in the Voice of America headquarters near the National Mall looks like a typical American news program.

A sophisticated anchor recounts the major events of the day. Satellite images from across the globe accompany her commentary, giving the broadcast a polished look. The program, however, is broadcast in Persian, and domestic news refers to events in Iran.

The show is "News and Views," the third television or radio program started by the United States for an Iranian audience since President Bush labeled the country part of an "axis of evil" in his 2002 State of the Union address.

Last September, the Voice of America began broadcasting "Next Chapter," an MTV-influenced weekly television show that illustrates the lifestyles of hip, young Iranian-Americans. Three months later, the Voice of America and Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty jointly started Radio Farda ("tomorrow" in Persian), a round-the-clock broadcast of news and music. "News and Views" began on July 6 — three days before the anniversary of pro-democracy demonstrations in Iran in 1999.

In response, the Iranian government has jammed radio and television satellite signals, making it difficult for people in Iran to receive the programs consistently.

Kenneth Y. Tomlinson, chairman of the Broadcasting Board of Governors, which oversees the Voice of America and Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty, says Iran is waging a "systematic campaign" to keep the truth from its people.

Since 1996 the Voice of America's Persian Service has broadcast "Round Table With You," a weekly call-in television show. The radio and television programs added in the past year have sought to engage the Iranian people further, especially the under-30 group that makes up 70 percent of the country's population.

Ahmad Baharloo, executive producer of "News and Views," said the program was "descriptive, not prescriptive." It is also markedly different from privately financed broadcasts from the United States. Typically broadcast from Los Angeles, home to a large Iranian-American population, many of the privately sponsored programs are stridently opposed to the Tehran government.

Mr. Tomlinson denied that the American government was financing propaganda. He said, "We are not on the air urging people to do regime change or to rise up against the mullahs," referring to Iran's religious clerics who wield great influence in the government.

The success of "News and Views" has been difficult to gauge, but Mr. Tomlinson said there had been an "extraordinary outpouring of e-mails" in support of it.

http://www.nytimes.com/2003/08/14/international/middleeast/14VOIC.html?ex=1061524800&en=81ecf74f08009ec2&ei=5040&partner=MOREOVER
4 posted on 08/14/2003 12:17:53 AM PDT by DoctorZIn
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Iran to rule next month on nuclear protocol

Tehran |Reuters | 14-08-2003

The head of Iran's atomic energy programme yesterday said the Islamic Republic planned to allay international concerns about its nuclear ambitions. "I believe that we will remove the international concerns," Gholamreza Aghazadeh told reporters after a weekly cabinet meeting.

Iran has come under mounting international pressure to allow closer inspections of its sophisticated network of nuclear facilities which the U.S. says could be a cover for a nuclear weapons programme.

Iran insists its nuclear programme is solely ge-ared to producing electricity and has so far resisted calls to sign the Additional Protocol of the nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty which would allow intrusive inspections without prior notice.

Aghazadeh said Iranian officials had held "good" talks in recent days with a team from the United Nation's International Atomic Energy Agency about signing the protocol.

"We predict that before the (IAEA's) September meeting we will have positive information regarding this issue (the Additional Protocol)," he said.

The IAEA is due to report on Iran's nuclear programme again in September in a follow-up to a June report in which it criticised Tehran for failing to disclose some aspects of its nuclear programme.

President Mohammed Khatami yesterday denied newspaper reports that his government approached U.S. officials asking for a resumption of talks between the two countries.

http://www.gulf-news.com/Articles/news.asp?ArticleID=95150
5 posted on 08/14/2003 12:19:01 AM PDT by F14 Pilot
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New American-Style TV Show Is Beamed to Tehran in Persian

By THE NEW YORK TIMES

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/news/963840/posts?page=4#4

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6 posted on 08/14/2003 12:19:04 AM PDT by DoctorZIn
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Iran says will remove concerns on nuclear aims

By Parisa Hafezi

TEHRAN: The head of Iran’s atomic energy programme said on Wednesday the Islamic Republic planned to allay international concerns about its nuclear programme which Washington says may be used to produce atomic bombs.

“I believe that we will remove the international concerns,” Iran’s Atomic Energy Organisation chief Gholamreza Aghazadeh told reporters after a weekly cabinet meeting. The UN’s nuclear watchdog the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) in a June report cited a number of failures by Tehran in reporting its nuclear activities and is preparing a follow-up report to be released in September.

Aghazadeh said IAEA inspectors had just concluded a number of inspections in Iran during which “Iran considered all the points that the agency was concerned about”. “All the necessary visits and sample taking was done and I believe that there is no point which the agency will find ambiguous or have any question about,” he said.

IAEA officials in the past have complained that they have been denied access to take environmental samples at some of Iran’s nuclear facilities. Iran has come under mounting international pressure to allow closer inspections of its sophisticated network of nuclear facilities, which include a uranium enrichment facility. Iran insists its nuclear programme is solely geared to producing electricity and has so far resisted calls to sign the Additional Protocol of the nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT). Aghazadeh said Iranian officials had held “good” talks in recent days with an IAEA legal team about signing the protocol. Additional protocol: He said that while most of Iran’s concerns about signing the protocol had been addressed in the talks both the IAEA and Tehran felt a further meeting would be needed to discuss the issue in the near future. Asked whether Iran would eventually sign the protocol and allow the snap inspections, —Reuters

http://www.dailytimes.com.pk/default.asp?page=story_14-8-2003_pg7_57
7 posted on 08/14/2003 12:22:22 AM PDT by DoctorZIn
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Iran says will remove concerns on nuclear aims

By Parisa Hafezi

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/news/963840/posts?page=7#7

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8 posted on 08/14/2003 12:23:43 AM PDT by DoctorZIn
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Argentina orders 8 Iranians arrested for Jewish center bomb

By Reuters

BUENOS AIRES, Argentina - An Argentine judge on Wednesday ordered the arrest of eight Iranian officials implicated in the 1994 bombing of the AMIA Jewish community center that killed 85 people, court documents said.

Federal Judge Juan Jose Galeano asked Interpol to arrest the
eight - including Hadi Soleimanpour, Iran's ambassador
to Argentina at the time of the car bomb attack - after seeking the capture and extradition of five other diplomats earlier this year.

The Iranian Embassy said in a statement, "Iran objects to and rejects these declarations and believes they result from international Zionism's plan to manipulate Argentina."

Israel and the United States have always said they suspected that Iranian-backed Middle Eastern guerrillas were behind the AMIA bombing. Iran has repeatedly denied any
involvement.

"While this [international arrest warrant] is a very important step, Iran's refusal to cooperate with the investigation makes it very unlikely these officials will actually come here to testify," said Jose Hercman, head of
the Delegation of Israeli-Argentine Associations.

Galeano accused Iran of hindering the inquiry.

All eight officials were in Argentina when the explosion shook Buenos Aires, and Soleimanpour may now be living in Britain, court documents said.

Iran withdrew its ambassador from Argentina after being implicated by the Argentine government shortly after the bombing, but Tehran still retains a mission in Buenos
Aires.

Last year The New York Times reported that Iran paid Argentina's then-President Carlos Menem a $10 million bribe to cover up the Iranian role in the bombing. Menem and Iran denied the allegation.

Menem's government at first blamed Iranian-backed Muslim extremists from the Lebanese militant group Hezbollah for the bombing. But the Iran lead got lost in a slow investigation plagued by disappearing witnesses and unexplained delays.

In June, newly elected President Nestor Kirchner ordered the release of secret files of the intelligence services related to the bombing, which was hailed as a breakthrough in the case.

Argentina's 300,000-strong Jewish community is the biggest in Latin America and the seventh largest in the world. Two years before the AMIA attack, the Israeli Embassy in Buenos Aires was bombed, killing 29 people.

http://www.haaretzdaily.com/hasen/spages/329518.html
9 posted on 08/14/2003 12:27:36 AM PDT by DoctorZIn
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Argentina orders 8 Iranians arrested for Jewish center bomb

By Reuters

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/news/963840/posts?page=9#9

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10 posted on 08/14/2003 12:28:39 AM PDT by DoctorZIn
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Iran's Economical Papers' Headlines:

ABRAR
"Japan to help Iran expand its textile industry"
The Japanese Nichimen Corporation will participate in a project
to develop Iran's textile industry. Nichimen Corporation in joint
cooperation with IRCI state enterprise of Japan will provide Iranian
textile production companies with the necessary equipment, raw
materials as well as the related technical and administrative
know-how.
-- ABRAR-E EQTESADI
"Iran following projects to collect associated gas of continental
shelf"
Iran is considering to launch projects to collect the
associated gas of oil fields in Kharg, Bahregan and Siri, and is
planning to put those projects at tenders.
-- AFARINESH
"Peugeot proposes to buy shares of Iran Khodro"
The French giant auto producer Peugeot has proposed to buy as
much as 51 percent of shares of Iran Khodro Industrial Group at a
price basis of one dollar.
-- AFTAB
"IRISL transported over 7m tons of goods in 3 months"
The Islamic Republic of Iran Shipping Lines (IRISL) in a statement
on Monday announced that it had transported over 7.6 million tons of
goods in a period of three months starting March 21.
-- ENTEKHAB
"Commerce minister rejects reports on rice imports into Iran"
Minister of Commerce Mohammad Shariatmadari on Monday stressed
that his ministry has issued no license for importing rice into the
country, and termed reports in that connection as "sheer lies".
-- IRAN
"Private sector to construct six power plants in Iran"
The government is considering to contract the construction of
Assalouyeh and Chabahar power plants to the private sector. Also, the
government is planning to conclude build-operate-transfer (BOT) deals
with the private sector for the construction of Shirvan, Tabriz and
Jalal power plants.
-- IRAN DAILY
"Wheat production improving"
Minister of Agriculture Jihad Mahmoud Hojjati said on Monday that
wheat imports will fall to less than one million tons by next March,
adding that the new development will materialize in the wake of
a 10-percent growth in domestic wheat production this year compared
to the amount last year.
-- IRAN NEWS
"Six petrochemical projects under study"
Six new petrochemical projects are being studied or have been
completed at Bandar Imam Special Economic-Petrochemical Zone and
Assalouyeh port, including olefins 8, 11 and 12, GTL 1 and 2, and PVC.
-- JAVAN
"Iran to contract 270 projects worth Dlrs 2.2b to foreign firms"
Iran will contract 270 national projects totally worth 2.2 billion
dollars to foreign investors within the course of Tabriz International
Exhibition of Investment Opportunities, to open today.
-- JOMHOURI-E ESLAMI
"Iran to lay 3,300 kms of rail tracks"
Managing Director of the Islamic Republic Railways Company
Mohammad Saeednejad said here Monday that operations are underway to
lay 3,300 kilometers of tracks, the most important segment being the
1,000 kms Bafq-Mashhad track.
-- KAR-O KAREGAR
"Interests of car imports to be paid to state employees"
MP Gholam-Hossein Aqaei, a member of Majlis Industries and Mines
Commission, said on Monday that the interests derived from the import
of cars will be paid to the state employees, stressing that there will
be special discounts for importing cars to boost the interests.
-- KAYHAN INTERNATIONAL
"IDB extends 10mn euros in loan to Iranian company"
Islamic Development Bank is to extend a loan of 10 million euros
to Iran's Golbaft Spinning Company. Public Relations Department at
the Ministry of Economy and Finance said on Monday that the sum would
be extended to the company to help it meet its required basic items.
-- SEDA-YE EDALAT
"Gov't to buy all surplus rice production of farmers"
Minister of Commerce Mohammad Shariatmadari said Monday that
the government is considering to buy all the surplus rice production
of farmers "with no restriction" in the current farming year.
-- SIASAT-E ROOZ
"Iran to connect railways to Iraq, Syria, Mediterranean Sea"
Managing Director of the Islamic Republic Railways Company
Mohammad Saeednejad said on Monday that Iran is planning to connect
its railways to Iraq, Syria and the Mediterranean Sea.
-- TEHRAN TIMES
"Iran-Iraq Chamber of Commerce elects ad hoc board of directors"
In a meeting of the Iran-Iraq Joint Chamber of Commerce in Tehran
on Sunday, an ad hoc board of directors was elected to assess mutual
trade ties and solve the current obstacles and difficulties.
-- TOSSE'EH
"Bahman Group inks cooperation agreement with Japan's Mitsubishi"
Managing director of Bahman Industrial Group announced on Monday
that the group has signed a contract with the Japanese giant auto
producer Mitsubishi Motors to represent the company in Iran and also
to produce its Pajero cars in the Islamic Republic.

http://www.irna.ir/en/head/030812144755.ehe.shtml
11 posted on 08/14/2003 12:41:33 AM PDT by F14 Pilot
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Iran calls for strong ties with Iraq

Tuesday, August 12, 2003 - ©2003 IranMania.com

Tehran, Aug 11, IRNA -- Iran on Monday said it sought to forge strong ties with Iraq which waged an imposed war against the Islamic Republic between 1980 and 1988 during the rule of ousted Saddam Hussein.

However, it called for patience to say when Tehran would recognize a US-appointed Governing Council, a 25-member body which roughly reflects Iraq's ethnic and religious make-up.
"Our official position will be announced (in due time) but we should exercise patience in this respect," Foreign Ministry spokesman Hamid Reza Asefi told reporters at a weekly news briefing.

Asefi said, "We would like to forge strong relations with our neighbor now that its dictatorial government, which kept the two countries separated for years, is gone."

The official called for the immediate pullout of occupying forces from Iraq in order to end chaos in that country.

"To establish peace in Iraq, the occupying forces must immediately pull out from that country and leave Iraq's future to its own people.

"It is only in this case that one can hope the internal chaos in Iraq will end," Asefi added.

Iran recently dispatched its first high-ranking delegation for discussions with the Governing Council to shore up fences between the two countries.

Asefi hailed the trip as 'positive', saying it enabled Iran to 'clarify our stances, views and approaches towards Iraq and hear the views' of the other side.

Iranian officials met with members of the Governing Council as well as several Iraqi clerics and UN special representative on Iraq, Sergio Vieira de Mello, he said.

"All the individuals whom the delegation met with ... described the visit as very positive and valuable and stressed on expanding and strengthening relations with Iran," Asefi said.

He described economic transactions between the two countries in recent months as good, saying Iran exported 160 million dollars of goods to Iraq in the period.

NO IRAQI POWS IN IRAN

Asefi stressed that Iran holds no Iraqi prisoners from the 1980-1988 war. "There is no Iraqi POW in Iran and all the registered POWs and those who were in Iran have been freed," he said.

The statements apparently came in reaction to demonstrations held by around 50 people in Baquba, 60 kilometers northeast of Baghdad, to demand the release of Iraqi POWs in Iran and compensation for those already freed.

Iran itself says that close to 4,000 Iranian prisoners of war in Iraq still remain unaccounted for.

The country has appealed to the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) to help establish the fate of its remaining prisoners of war in Iraq. Tehran has already accused US of intending to 'blackmail' the Islamic Republic on the fate of missing Iranians.

The Islamic Republic has also said that it considers US-British troops responsible for any threat against Iranian PoWs who may still be in Iraqi prisons.

http://www.iranmania.com/News/ArticleView/Default.asp?NewsCode=17431&NewsKind=Current%20Affairs
12 posted on 08/14/2003 12:43:37 AM PDT by DoctorZIn
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Iran refuses US al-Qaeda access

BBC 8.13.2003

Iran has no intention of allowing United States officials to interrogate the al-Qaeda suspects it has arrested, the country's president has said.

US Deputy Secretary of State Richard Armitage said on Tuesday that Washington wanted to interrogate senior al-Qaeda members being held in Iran.

But Tehran has refused to identify which al-Qaeda members it has caught and has already ruled out handing them over to the US.

Saad Bin Laden, son of the Saudi-born al-Qaeda leader Osama Bin Laden, is thought to be one of the men being held by the Iranians.

Egyptian Saif al Adel, believed to be the network's security chief, and Kuwait-born Sulaiman Abu Ghaith, al-Qaeda's spokesman, are also reported to be under arrest.

Animosity towards US

Speaking after a Cabinet meeting on Wednesday, President Khatami said: "Al-Qaeda members in our custody will be questioned. If they should be tried (in Iran) they will be. If they should be deported, they will be."

Tehran says it will extradite some al-Qaeda suspects to unspecified "friendly countries" and try those whose citizenship has been revoked and cannot be extradited.

"We will arrest all members of al-Qaeda members we find. Their animosity toward us is nothing compared with their animosity toward the United States," added the president.

Asked whether the al-Qaeda suspects it has detained were being held in safe houses or in prison, Mr Khatami said: "They are under arrest."

Iran says it has arrested and deported around 500 al-Qaeda members in the last year, many of whom crossed into Iran from Afghanistan and Pakistan.

Some have been sent to Saudi Arabia.

At Wednesday's news conference, the president also denied Iranian press speculation that Tehran secretly asked Washington in late July to resume informal talks.

Tehran and Washington severed diplomatic relations in 1980 after Iran's Islamic revolution.

http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/middle_east/3147933.stm

13 posted on 08/14/2003 12:46:03 AM PDT by DoctorZIn
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PLANNERS SAY IRAN'S ECONOMIC FUTURE LOOKS GRIM.

According to a report from the Management and Planning Organization, economic conditions in Iran will deteriorate in the coming decade if current trends continue, "Iran Daily" reported on 11 August.

Some 5.3 million people will be jobless in 2015, the report says, translating into an unemployment rate of 17.5 percent. It adds that inflation will hit 22 percent, and there will be a 19.8 percent negative trade balance. GDP will grow by 3.9 percent annually, it predicts, and the amount of non-oil exports will increase. The ratio of non-oil-to-oil exports is expected to remain the same, however. BS

Source RFE/RL NEWSLINE Vol. 7, No. 151, Part III, 11 August 2003
14 posted on 08/14/2003 1:13:03 AM PDT by AdmSmith
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Official: Dlrs 14.5bn needed to be invested in Iran annually

Tabriz, East Azarbaijan prov, Aug 13, IRNA -- Dlrs 14.5 billion is needed to be invested in Iran annually in line with global standards, said Director General of the Economic Affairs Department at Ministry of Economy and Finance Mohammad Taheri said here on Wednesday.

Taheri told the International Seminar of Foreign Investment Opportunities that Iran has not yet been able to achieve its targets in terms of investment due to lack of comprehensive laws. He hoped that ratification of the Law on Attraction of Foreign Investment would help promote national economy and attain economic objectives.

He put the amount of assets held by expatriate Iranians at dlrs 600 billion and said attraction of the sum would help upgrade Iranian economy.

The International Seminar of Foreign Investment is underway in this northwestern provincial city for two days.
Some 270 projects, worth dlrs 2.2 billion, are to be offered for foreign investment at the seminar. The meeting aims to make the participants acquainted with each other.

Some 200 foreign and 500 Iranian investors are taking part in the seminar.
216/AH/210
End

http://www.irna.ir/en/tnews/030814191039.etn06.shtml

Comments: They do not only have to change the foreign investment act.
15 posted on 08/14/2003 1:49:26 AM PDT by AdmSmith
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TEHRAN: ARMS DEALER'S MEETING WITH U.S. OFFICIALS UNAUTHORIZED

Foreign Ministry spokesman Hamid Reza Assefi said on 11 August that Iranian arms dealer Manuchehr Ghorbanifar is not authorized by Tehran to negotiate and meet with U.S. officials, state television reported.

Western news agencies reported on 8 August that two officials from the Pentagon working for Undersecretary of Defense for Policy Douglas Feith have held "several" meetings with Ghorbanifar, and Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld confirmed that the meetings occurred but said this happened more than one year ago (see "RFE/RL Iran Report," 11 August 2003). Rumsfeld said a purpose of the meetings was to gather information about Iran. Assefi said on 11 August: "There is clear evidence that American officials are confused about Iran. This new scenario is also proof of this fact." BS

Source:RFE/RL NEWSLINE Vol. 7, No. 152, Part III, 12 August 2003
16 posted on 08/14/2003 3:47:42 AM PDT by AdmSmith
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Thank you for the pings, and good morning.

FOXNEWS covered this al Qaeda/Iran story, this AM, with Bill Cowan. Good exposure.
17 posted on 08/14/2003 4:26:44 AM PDT by Pan_Yans Wife ("Life isn't fair. It's fairer than death, is all.")
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Good morning.
Nice to see you.

Yes, the Iran/al Qaeda story seems to have legs.
Now, if we can get them and the other media outlets to start talking about a few others.
18 posted on 08/14/2003 4:51:23 AM PDT by nuconvert
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Sounds like the Iranian Gov't is trying to paint a "rosy" financial picture for Iran.
19 posted on 08/14/2003 5:06:14 AM PDT by nuconvert
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Iran's hardliners say 'no' to pact on women's rights

TEHERAN - A Bill urging Iran to join a global agreement on women's rights has been rejected by the government's supervisory body.

The Guardian Council defied Parliament and rejected a United Nations treaty which aimed to eliminate discrimination against women, the BBC reported.

Iranian state television said the council claimed the convention was against syariah law and the Constitution.

The reformist-dominated Parliament ratified the Bill last month, believing that it would promote Iran's image abroad and help domestic problems.

That decision provoked bitter denunciation by hardliners, many of whom claimed the convention was colonialist.

However, the council's decision came as no surprise, according to the BBC.

It noted that the unelected Guardian Council, which vets all legislation in accordance with syariah law, was controlled by hardliners and had rejected scores of Bills passed by Parliament in the past, including a few on human rights.

The issue of signing off on the women's rights treaty has created much debate in Iran.

Earlier this month, dozens of clerics held rallies in the holy city of Qom to protest against Parliament's decision.

But the 13 female Members of Parliament had pointed to the fact that 168 countries, including several Islamic ones, had signed the convention.

Despite enjoying greater freedom than in many other Islamic countries, Iranian women are treated as second-class citizens.

In the courts, they are worth half the value of men, have fewer rights in divorce and child custody, and need their husbands' permission to work or travel abroad.

President Mohammad Khatami on Tuesday warned religious hardliners who opposed his reform efforts that they were alienating the country's youth and storing up trouble for the future.

He was quoted by Reuters as saying: 'Ignoring young people and their demands and misusing religion and Islamic values to oust political rivals from the scene could create big problems for society.'

Mr Khatami's failure to deliver promised reforms in democracy, justice and citizens' rights since his 1997 election has caused his popularity to dip in recent months, particularly among the two-thirds of Iranians under 30 years old.

But in the latest in a recent spate of reflective and hard-hitting speeches by the normally conciliatory President, he hit out at those who he said 'believe that their thoughts...are God's religion itself', the official Irna news agency reported.

He said Iran's 1979 Islamic Revolution was not supposed to 'create a religious aristocracy and say that because our revolution is a religious one, the religious people and those who hold religious titles are different from others and enjoy more privileges'.

http://straitstimes.asia1.com.sg/world/story/0,4386,204618,00.html
20 posted on 08/14/2003 5:50:37 AM PDT by F14 Pilot
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Another Must Read Article, by Michael Ledeen. -- DoctorZin

Iran-Contra Revisited? Our dangerous Iran policy continues.

National Review Online ^ | 8.14.2003 | Michael Ledeen
Posted on 08/14/2003 8:12 AM PDT by DoctorZIn

Our dangerous Iran policy continues.

Even for August, the media's handling of the latest round of leaks from the usual unnamed sources in State and CIA on the subject of Iran is unusually feckless. The gist of the "story" fed to the press is that some Pentagon officials (and maybe I, as well) met and actually spoke with some Iranians a year or more ago, and then again a month or two ago. These talks were "unauthorized," which apparently means that Colin Powell and George Tenet weren't asked for permission beforehand, and, according to Newsday and the Washington Post, they got in the way of the State Department's own secret talks with members of the Iranian regime. One unnamed deep thinker went so far as to see the dark hand of a neoconservative plot, designed to prod the Iranians into a rigid and uncooperative posture that would defeat State's efforts to arrive at a deal with Tehran.

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Iran Develops Nuclear Plant

August 14, 2003
BBC News
BBCi

The Iranian Government says it is going ahead with the second phase of its controversial nuclear power plant in Bushehr.

Iran's state news agency Irna said the decision was taken by the country's High Council of Atomic Energy, which did not give a start date for the second phase, but did mention for the first time construction of a particle accelerator.

The United States and Israel accuse Iran of secretly developing nuclear weapons under the cover of a civilian programme, but Tehran insists its programme is to generate electricity and is for peaceful purposes only.

The decision to proceed with the Bushehr project came shortly after experts from the United Nations nuclear watchdog, the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), had held talks in Iran to demand snap inspections of its nuclear sites.

The European Union, Russia and Japan are pressing Tehran to sign up the so-called additional protocol of the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT), allowing such inspections.

But Iran - which presently is only obliged to accept pre-arranged visits to sites it chooses to declare - has previously said it would only agree to such a measure if it was granted more access to nuclear technology.

Bushehr - Iran's first nuclear power plant being built with the help of Russian specialists - is due to go online in 2005.

The second phase is expected to have a production capacity of 1,000 megawatts, allowing Iran to reach its nuclear power production target of 7,000 megawatts by 2020, IRNA said.

Nuclear experts have questioned the declared need of Iran - a country with vast oil and natural gas reserves - to produce nuclear energy.

http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/middle_east/3150291.stm
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Committee On Elimination Of Racial Discrimination Considers Periodic Reports From Iran

August 13, 2003
United Nations
Press Release

The Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination has reviewed the sixteenth and seventeenth periodic reports of the Islamic Republic of Iran on how that country implements the provisions of the International Convention on the Elimination of all Forms of Racial Discrimination.

Introducing the reports, Paymaneh Hastel, Director of the Human Rights Department at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Iran, said the reports presented a picture of the measures taken for the implementation of the International Convention, and the changes and developments that had taken place since the last report had been submitted. All ethnic minorities lived together peacefully with their own languages and traditions in Iran. Iran was following the policy of elimination of racial discrimination in many ways, and every effort was ongoing for eliminating social discrimination, as could be seen in bilateral agreements. Any discrimination based on colour, ethnicity or language was prohibited, and there was no such discrimination. The Government had developed certain policies in order to achieve its goals with regard to racial discrimination.

Committee Experts including Marc Bossuyt, the group's country Rapporteur for the reports of the Islamic Republic of Iran, raised a series of questions, including on whether all citizens were treated equally under the civil and penal codes and if not, why not; the results accomplished in implementing programmes to improve the living conditions of women and of nomadic groups; the status of the International Convention in Iranian legislation and was it of equal or superior value to the laws of Iran; what was being done to raise awareness of the possibility of invoking the International Convention as a basis for a court case; whether Iran intended to adopt other measures such as the International Covenant on Economic and Social Rights; the practical application of a law on the freedom of the press in the context of the fight against racism, and whether this law was applied more in a political context than in the context of freedom; and if any of the tribunals in Iran had received an application for redress of grievances such as discrimination in jobs or indeed if these possibilities of redress applied to all citizens of Iran including non-recognised religious minorities.

Taking part in the debates, which were held over two meetings, were Committee Experts Marc Bossuyt, Chengyuan Tang, Luis Valencia Rodriguez, Mohamed Aly Thiam, Morten Kjaerum, Patricia Nozipho January-Bardill, Jose Agusto Lindgren-Alves, Agha Shahi, Régis de Gouttes, Linos-Alexandre Sicilianos, Raghavan Vasudevan Pillai, Mario Jorge Yutzis, Mahmoud Aboul-Nasr, Kurt Herndl, Patrick Thornberry and Nourredine Amir.

The final conclusions and recommendations on the reports of the Islamic Republic of Iran will be issued towards the end of the session, which concludes on 22 August. In preliminary remarks, the Rapporteur said the discussion had been most interesting and informative, and it was particularly encouraging to hear that there was an irreversible trend towards reform in Iran. Positive points were noted, such as the information provided on the marriages of the Baha'i, but negative issues, such as registration at universities were also mentioned, since these led to unjustified distinctions. The issue of the status of the International Convention under domestic law also required further clarification. The Iranian Delegation was warmly thanked for all its efforts in the report and in the replies given.

In concluding remarks, Ali A. Mojtahed Shabestari, Deputy Permanent Representative to the United Nations Office at Geneva and Head of the delegation, said the delegation was very grateful to all members of the Committee for their patience and attention, and welcomed their constructive recommendations, which would have the benefit of improving implementation of the International Convention. All issues coming under the International Convention would be discussed back in Iran, where great steps forward were being taken, as the international community was aware.

Members of the Iranian delegation included Jamileh Kadivar, Member of the Islamic Consultative Assembly; Hossein Mehrpour, Advisor to the President of the Islamic Republic of Iran, Head of the Committee for Supervision and Follow-up of the Implementation of the Constitution; Alireza Jamshidi, Secretary of the Supreme Council for Judicial Development; Saeed Sayyadi, Director-General of the Centre for Cultural Relations, Ministry of Culture and Islamic Guidance; Shahin Dokht Molavardi, Head of International Relations, Centre for Women's Participation; Saeed Taghavi, Head of Department of Religious Minorities, Ministry of Culture and Islamic Guidance; Seyed Hassan Masomi Eshkevari, Deputy of the Office of Statistics, Organisation for Management and Planning; Farahnaz Tavakoli, Expert, Ministry of the Interior; Seyed Hassan Hefdahtan, Counsellor, Ministry of Labour; Seyed Mohsen Emadi, Second Secretary, Permanent Mission of the Islamic Republic of Iran; and Seyed Hosein Zolfaghari, Expert, Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Also members of the delegation were Mr. Hejazi, and Mr. Akhavan, Interpreters.

As one of the 169 States parties to the International Convention, the Islamic Republic of Iran must present periodic reports to the Committee on its efforts to eradicate such bias.

Reports of the Islamic Republic of Iran

The sixteenth and seventeenth periodic reports, contained in document (CERD/C/431/Add.6), describe progress in the field of human rights and in particular in the fight against racial discrimination. They include information relating to the implementation of articles 2 to 7 of the International Convention on the Elimination of all Forms of Racial Discrimination.

In Iran, six ethnic groups, Azeri, Kurd, Lur, Arabic-speaking, Baluchi and Turkmen live with their respective customs, traditions and dialects among the Persians. The different ethnic groups within Iran always bear in mind the words of the Prophet of Islam that "The Arab is not superior to the alien, nor the alien to the Arab: white to red, nor red to white, except in piety". In line with this general principle, Iranian society is a successful example of fraternal and friendly cohabitation between different peoples. Promotion and strengthening of this situation remains a major Government priority. Numerous activities have been dedicated to this goal.

Given the absence of any division based on race or ethnicity in any walk of life, ethnic characteristics are not elicited during the official census, and no precise figures can therefore be given as to the population of the various ethnic groups of Iran. There is also a growing trend towards settlement of nomadic tribes, and the Government provides these with certain services to encourage voluntary settlement. Iran is also home to a large population of refugees, 91 per cent of which are Afghan, 8 per cent Iraqi, and the remainder from other countries. The Government of Iran, in spite of a shortage of means and resources and the lack of sufficient international funding, will take steps to maintain a suitable standard of living for the refugees until such time as they can be properly and voluntarily repatriated.


Introduction of Reports

ALI A. MOJTAHED SHABESTARI, Deputy Permanent Representative of Iran to the United Nations Office at Geneva and Head of the delegation, said this year, Iran had sent a high-level delegation, made up of members of Parliament and of the judiciary.

PAYMANEH HASTEI, Director of the Human Rights Department at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, then introduced the report, stating that with regard to article 9 of the International Convention, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Iran, as the national focal point, had taken certain measures to produce the current report. A National Committee had been established, with representatives of different state organizations working for the elimination of all forms of racial discrimination in the country. Members of this Committee considered all the provisions in the International Convention, and the general guidelines thereof as well as previous reports. All members participated in writing the report, which attempted to show a picture of the different organizations and parties working for the implementation of the International Convention.

The report presented a picture of the measures taken for the implementation of the International Convention, and the changes and developments that had taken place since the last report was submitted. All ethnic minorities lived together peacefully with their own languages and traditions in Iran. There was a diversity of groups, but given the absence of any division based on race and ethnicity, ethnic characteristics were not elicited during the census. There were also nomadic tribes in Iran, and a large number of refugees were hosted including more than two million Afghans living in Iran. Despite the fact that significant international help and assistance had not been received, tremendous measures had been taken to provide facilities for these large populations of refugees, who enjoyed equal facilities and opportunities in the country, and this was also reflected in the Constitution, which called for the elimination of all forms of racial discrimination in the country.

The Office of the President for less-developed areas was involved in specific activities for improving the situation in these areas, and was also involved in the activities of other bodies around this subject. There were also plans for the nomadic tribes of Iran, which included women, aiming to provide a better role for them in the context of the family unit. A plan had been hatched to reintegrate children and girls who had dropped out of school. There was an ongoing research effort into the social and economic conditions of women in order to put into place programmes for improving their situation.

Iran was following the policy of elimination of racial discrimination in many ways, and every effort was ongoing for eliminating social discrimination, as could be seen in bi-lateral agreements. In view of the Government attaching great importance to fighting racial discrimination, Iran had become part of the International Conference in Teheran. Iran believed there was a great need for a plan of action of the recommendations from the International Conference. It was believed that the culture of dialogue should take place, as this led to tolerance, mutual understanding, and peaceful coexistence between nations and ethnic groups.

In view of the recommendations made by the Committee after previous reports, with regard to article 6, paragraph 8, this would be finalized soon. The activities of political parties and guilds and associations, within the permit of the law, were allowed. With regards to providing support for the activities of political associations and parties, this was already done. Freedom of speech for ethnic groups, TV programmes, pamphlets, books, periodicals were guaranteed. There were 179 cultural associations. Any discrimination based on colour, ethnicity or language was prohibited, and there was no discrimination with these grounds. The Government had developed certain policies in order to achieve its goals with regard to racial discrimination.


Discussion

MARC BOSSUYT, Committee Expert who served as country rapporteur for the reports of the Islamic Republic of Iran, said the report under consideration, though containing rather detailed information, did not entirely meet the Committee's conditions. It was essentially legalistic, and often highlighted the economic aspects of the discussed policies. There were gaps in the information on the practical implementation, and the report did not include adequate information about the factors and difficulties that could impede the practical implementation of the International Convention. Very little information on ethnic groups was provided, since this was not elicited during censuses, and this information was of particular importance to the application of the Convention. The inclusion of information on the situation of women in the report was welcomed, since this enabled the Committee to consider whether racial discrimination had an impact upon women different to that upon men. However, while the report provided information on the Government's policies focusing on women exclusively, the actual situation of women was not depicted. A more up-to-date picture of women's position today was requested, and Mr. Bossuyt asked whether any thought had been given to the accession by Iran to the Convention on the Elimination of Discrimination Against Women.

With regards to article 19 of the Iranian Constitution, the Committee had previously expressed concern that the definition of racial discrimination found in that article was not in complete conformity with the broad definition contained in the International Convention, and asked whether any consideration had been given to a possible review of the article of the Constitution. The major part of the report under article 2 was devoted to two types of measures in the social and economic fields. These were the measures taken in less developed areas inhabited by ethnic groups, on the one hand, and the measures taken to improve the living conditions of nomadic tribes on the other hand. Was an improvement of their situation noticeable, he asked, and what was the effectiveness of these programmes.

Under article 3 of the International Convention, the report reaffirmed the State party's commitment to oppose any policy based on racial discrimination. As for article 4, it was demonstrated that Iran had enacted the necessary legislation to eradicate all incitement to, or acts of, racial discrimination. Nevertheless, this was only one part of its obligation, and another component was to ensure that this provision was effectively enforced, but information on this was absent in the report. The report was inadequate in the context of article 5, since it did not provide information on existing limitations as to the equal enjoyment of rights. However, practical measures taken by the Government with respect to a number of civil, economic, social and cultural rights should be welcomed. He also noted that freedom of religion had been omitted in the list of rights and freedoms discussed in the report, and that the enjoyment of this freedom appeared to remain severely under restraint, as did the enjoyment of freedom of speech.

With respect to the implementation of article 6, Mr. Bossuyt said, the report contained a record of relevant legal provisions. However, this was unsatisfactory. Measures taken to promote tolerance between the different ethnic groups and to disseminate a culture of non-discrimination under the three fields, in the context of article 7, were also catalogued. Associations and institutions that promoted tolerance and unity had enjoyed remarkable growth recently. Finally, he said, Iran had not yet ratified the amendment to article 8, paragraph 6 of the International Convention, and had not yet made the declaration under article 14 on individual complaints, and the Government of that country was urged to do so.

Other members of the Committee also raised questions. They asked, among other things, questions related to such topics as whether all citizens were treated equally under the civil and penal codes and if not, why not; the results accomplished in implementing programmes to improve the living conditions of women and of nomadic groups and what these programmes were; issues related to organizations advocating racial hatred; what results had been achieved in teaching racial tolerance in higher education institutions; the status of the International Convention in the Iranian legislation and was it of equal or superior value to the laws of Iran; whether Iran intended to adopt other measures such as the International Covenant on Economic and Social Rights; the need to consult a wider range of ethnic groups when formulating the next report; what was being done to raise awareness of the possibility of invoking the International Convention as a basis for a court case; education facilities for ethnic minorities from pre-school to graduate level; whether non-recognised minority religions would be invited to participate in discussions; whether the report had been written in consultation with NGOs; and for more information on State Policy with regard to ethnic groups and how this was formulated.

The Committee also noted that the Iranian Government paid great attention to its duties under article 4 of the International Convention, and had enacted a law on the basis of this article. This was a gesture that should be encouraged. The high-level nature and gender composition of the delegation was also appreciated, and several speakers commended Iran's taking in of so many refugees.

Responding to these questions and others, ALI A. MOJTAHED SHABESTARI, Deputy Permanent Representative of Iran to the United Nations Office at Geneva, said the delegation was very grateful for the questions and comments raised earlier, although regrettably some of the comments made by the Rapporteur were not relevant under the International Convention, and these issues were being surveyed in other Committees. The discussion required knowledgeable experts. There had been concerted efforts in the media in collaboration with some circles to attack Islam, and this had increased since the tragic events of September 11. It was a sad fact that in the current world situation, some people were working on widening the gap between cultures and increasing hatred. There was no country that was free of racial discrimination, and the delegation did not claim that all provisions of the International Convention had been implemented, but since the Islamic Revolution, serious measures had been taken and continued to be taken to eliminate discrimination against disadvantaged groups. There was a search for a constructive and fruitful dialogue with the Committee, on an equal footing. It was believed that there could be mutual learning, and it was in this spirit that the other questions would be answered. There was an irreversible trend in the Islamic Republic of Iran that had been noted by the High Commissioner on Human Rights: Iran had issued an open standing invitation to the visit of the Special Rapporteur on Human Rights, and had evidenced its commitment to human rights in cooperation with the international community and other bodies.

PAYMANEH HASTEI, Director of the Human Rights Department at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Iran, then answered other questions, saying that with regard to measures taken by the Parliament, for example one of the priorities of the present Parliament was the protection of human rights, and the prevention of all measures intended to violate these in the country. With regard to the elimination of racial discrimination, tremendous efforts had been made, and legal steps had been taken to promote this issue, by the approval of some Bills and motions providing equal opportunities for both Islamic groups and other religious groups in the context of the Punishment Act. Other Bills and motions included ones on women's issues and rights, and the discriminatory sections of Civil Law had been reviewed in this context; and measures taken to improve the living standards in less-developed areas, which were priority areas. Parliament had the right and responsibility to investigate all complaints of the public with regard to the Judiciary, who were held accountable for their actions, as were other State organizations and bodies. All complaints, notwithstanding wherever they emanated from, were investigated in detail by the competent body. Due to the importance of human rights issues, there was a need to follow up such measures independently, and this was done by the Human Rights Committee, created in 2002, which had the power to investigate all claims of racial discrimination in the context of the International Convention.

Certain ethnicities, including the Sunni, had approached this Human Rights Committee to ask for a change in approach in the areas in which they lived. After hearing and receiving the complaints of these people, the issue had been put on the agenda at very many levels, including the Presidential level. This case in particular would be brought to Court once sufficient evidence had been garnered. The Baha'i had also approached the Committee on various issues, demonstrating their confidence in that body, and the Committee had responded appropriately. Follow-up had been prosecuted vehemently. With regards to the nomads, numerous complaints had been received, for example that range lands had been given to non-nomadic people, and that grazing permits had been revoked. These complaints had been forwarded to the relevant organizations and the representatives of these people told whom to address. The Committee revived the citizenship rights of the citizens of Iran as much as possible.

With regard to article 7 of the International Convention, which required propagation of the International Convention and education as to its provisions, this had been done at many levels, including the teaching of human rights in schools and at the University level and by workshops organized by NGOs. Iran aimed to promote the culture of dialogue and understanding of many cultures, and to propagate a culture of peace and tolerance, eradicating racial discrimination and xenophobia, thus strengthening international society and ethical ideals.

Other members of the delegation then responded to other issues including measures taken by the Government regarding implementation of the International Convention under article nine thereof. With regard to the principles of the rights of the citizens, tremendous efforts had been made with regard to information dissemination on international conventions and treaties on human rights. Discrimination was not supported in any law, and there was a need to fight against all forms of this. Mr. Bossuyt had raised many issues, but a considerable portion of his argument had focused on religious matters, which were not an issue to be discussed in the context of the Committee. A better result would be obtained should everything be discussed in its appropriate framework.

The Government of Iran was not in a position to recognize more religions than it had already done. No person should be forced to convert to other religions, and when a religion was recognized as an official one, the focus was on divine religions with Holy books. Recognition required much discussion among clerics, and the important thing was that the Government recognized the rights of citizens as defined by international instruments and treaties, and these should be respected without discrimination.

Some matters raised during the previous meeting had been addressed over the last years by the Government, which had worked hard to ensure as many rights as possible for its people, whilst respecting all religions and those who believed in something besides the official religion, as well as respecting those of different ethnic origin and race. Of course there were problems, since no country was without these, but work was done to resolve these on many fronts and at many levels, and the Government was resolved to take up the complaints of all citizens, regardless of ethnic, racial, colour, or religious differences, at whatever level was appropriate, as well as to providing and guaranteeing to each citizen his or her human rights.

Committee Experts then asked further questions on varied topics, including whether mechanisms of complaints applied to judges and magistrates when these had not carried out their functions appropriately, and whether the political branch would then have to interfere in the work of the judiciary; the practical application of a law on the freedom of the press in the context of the fight against racism, and whether this law was applied more in a political context than in the context of freedom; if any of the tribunals in Iran had received an application for redress of grievances such as discrimination in jobs or indeed if these possibilities of redress applied to all citizens of Iran including non-recognised religious minorities; whether the International Convention could be invoked by individuals before national administrative authorities and the tribunals; and public primary school education in minority languages and whether this indeed existed in all cases.

The Committee also reassured the delegation that it was vociferous in urging countries to make considerable efforts to eliminate Islamophobia, and it had done so before the events of 11 September 2001, after which it had only intensified its efforts.

Responding, members of the delegation said there was a possibility to lodge a complaint against the performance of judges, as well as against the Government, members of the Cabinet, and this was in the Constitution. Various cases had been dealt with over the last years linked to legal proceedings and the acts of the Courts. With regard to the press fomenting racial discord, the Press Law included an article that forbade discord among various strata of society, especially through talking of ethnic and racial matters. Some newspapers had been warned and others punished in the context of this article.

As for teaching of minority languages, at the moment there was teaching of non-Persian languages and literature in schools, but there were no specific schools for these languages. The issue was also currently under discussion in the Cultural High Council. The articles of the International Convention could be referred to by any person and applied in a judgment, even though this latter had never happened in the past.

With regards to paragraph 6 of article 8 of the International Convention, there were no problems with approving this, but the administrative procedure for this had not yet arrived at completion. The Government was probably not ready yet to issue a statement on Article 14, but the proposals of the Committee on this issue would be studied.

In concluding remarks, Mr. SHABESTARIA said the delegation was very grateful to all members of the Committee for their patience, kindness and attention, and welcomed their constructive recommendations, which would have the benefit of improving implementation of the International Convention. It was hoped that the recommendations of the Committee would be within their mandate, since other issues would come under the purview of other Committees and would weaken this great International Convention. All issues coming under the International Convention would be discussed back in Iran, where great steps forward were being taken, as the international community was aware.

Preliminary Remarks

In preliminary remarks, the Rapporteur on the reports of Iran, MARC BOSSUYT, said the discussion had been most interesting and informative, and it was particularly encouraging to hear that there was an irreversible trend toward reform in Iran. The permanent invitation to the Thematic Rapporteur was also very encouraging. Iran continued to bear a very heavy burden in welcoming refugees, and the information provided on them was very interesting. It was encouraging to note that nearly half a million of these had returned to their own countries voluntarily. The activities for nomadic groups and ethnic minorities were very interesting, as were the numerous projects with respect to the emancipation of women. A delicate question was that of freedom of religion. Some had been discriminated against because of belonging to a religion. When this happened, the Committee was disturbed and had expressed its concern, also when this was evidenced in reports of State parties. When faced by evidence that some had been discriminated against because they did not belong to a specific religion, he considered it important to note this. It went without saying that it was not up to the Committee to make pronouncement on the precepts of any religion. On the other hand, when a State adopted a legal system that gave rights to some and deprived others on the basis of their belonging or not to a religion, then questions might arise under the International Convention, particularly since religion could go along with an ethnic group. Human rights were indivisible and interdependent. Different aspects of the personality of a person were also indissociable, and all rights needed to be respected without discrimination.

Positive points were noted, such as the information provided on the marriages of the Baha'i, but negative issues, such as registration at universities were also mentioned, since these led to unjustified distinctions. The issue of the press also required further study. The issue of the status of the International Convention under domestic law required further clarification. The Iranian delegation was warmly thanked for all its efforts in the report and in the replies given.

http://www.unhchr.ch/huricane/huricane.nsf/view01/2DDE33DA5ED438F3C1256D820025F1DC?opendocument
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Committee On Elimination Of Racial Discrimination Considers Periodic Reports From Iran

August 13, 2003
United Nations
Press Release

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The U.N. human-rights charade

Editorial
Aug 14, 2003

It is not exactly breaking news that the United Nations does as much harm as good on the world stage. The world body's history of coddling tyrants at the expense of democracies long ago eroded most of its claim to the moral high ground. This summer, we have new evidence to remind the world of the folly of assuming a moral equivalence of all governments. Under pressure from Cuba and Libya, the U.N. Economic and Social Council suspended all cooperation between its Commission on Human Rights and Reporters Without Borders. The problem is that the latter took a stand in defense of human rights. Only at the United Nations could Tripoli and Havana have such persuasive ability.

The vote to end the consultative relationship Reporters Without Borders had with the commission was in retaliation for a report the journalists' group published that criticizes the U.N.'s human-rights charade. Among their reasonable observations that are seen as offensive by the majority of the council's member states are that Cuba is "the world's biggest prison" and "that granting the chair to Col. [Muammar] Gaddafi's regime has been a disgrace to the commission." To address the lack of legitimacy at the U.N. human-rights office, the reporters offer a platform for reform, including a provision to prohibit voting rights to thug states.

It is telling what nations voted for and against Reporters Without Borders. On the side of Cuba and Libya were China, Iran, Egypt, Saudi Arabia, Russia, the Congo, Pakistan and South Africa, as well as 17 other governments that are equally as respectful of the rule of law. Voting to defend a free press — and against the joke that Libya chairs the human-rights commission — were the United States, the United Kingdom, Australia, Italy and 19 other freedom-loving countries, including a handful that used to be behind the Iron Curtain and thus have a keen sense of oppression.

The fact that a U.N. council is split 27-23 over transparency with the media serves as a reminder that freedom of the press is not something to be taken for granted in a large part of the world. We are barely past the midpoint of 2003, and already this year, 20 members of the media have been killed and approximately 200 imprisoned. In these causes, the United Nations should be squarely on the side of human rights and the right to a free press. If U.N. Secretary-General Kofi Annan really wants to be seen as the moral force he claims to be, he might want to start by cleaning up his own house.

http://www.daneshjoo.org/generalnews/article/publish/article_1745.shtml
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The U.N. human-rights charade

Editorial
Aug 14, 2003

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Head of IRNA Summoned to Court over Photojournalist's Murder Investigation

August 14, 2003
Iran Weekly Press Digest
Iran WPD

The head of the state news agency IRNA was summoned by an Iranian court over the agency’s investigations into the case of an allegedly murdered Iranian-Canadian photojournalist.

Abdullah Nasseri will be questioned by the court over several stories and interviews IRNA made with Iranian MPs and journalists over the case of Zahra Kazemi which has sparked harsh protests in the country’s press circles, the governmental daily Iran reported Tuesday.

Kazemi was arrested last month for taking pictures of the notorious Evin prison in north Tehran. On July 10, she suddenly died after suffering a brain haemorrhage in police custody. Despite initial claims of an accident, state-run investigations eventually indicated that the brain haemorrhage was caused due to a blow on her head during interrogations.

Hundreds of Iranian journalists paid tribute to Kazemi last Friday at a special ceremony.

http://www.iranwpd.com/
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Iran Allows Sampling Ahead of IAEA Report

August 14, 2003
The Financial Times
Najmeh Bozorgmehr and Roula Khalaf

Iran allowed UN atomic energy inspectors this week to take samples from a controversial and previously banned site, in an apparent attempt to moderate the tone of a report on Iran due early next month.

The move comes after samples from the Natanz plant removed in June by the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) tested positive for enriched uranium, raising further concerns about Iran's nuclear programme.

Saber Zaeimian, spokesman for the Iran Atomic Energy Organisation, confirmed that a four-man IAEA team, which ended a three-day visit to Iran yesterday, had taken samples from the Kalay-e-Electric company "and other places they asked for".

The IAEA had complained in a report to its board in June that it had been barred from taking environmental samples at Kalay-e-Electric, suspected of being part of Iran's uranium enrichment project.

According to western diplomats the agency's concerns over Iran's nuclear programme have been exacerbated by the results of the samples taken in June, which suggest that Iran could have tested centrifuges with enriched uranium.

Diplomats said that while the samples were not proof of aweapons programme they contradicted earlier Iranian assertions.

Tehran insists its nuclear programme is strictly for civilian use. But it has faced increased international pressure to agree to enhanced inspections of its sites by signing the "additional protocol" to the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT).

Pressure will intensify if the new IAEA report raises fresh suspicions by finding that Iran had once again breached the so-called safeguards agreement. The US could seek to find Iran in violation of the NPT and refer the issue to the UN Security Council.

Iranian officials have hinted in recent weeks that, despite misgivings, Tehran will agree to the additional protocol, though western diplomats say a final decision by the leadership has not been reached yet.

Gholamreza Aghazadeh, Iran's top energy official, told reporters yesterday that Iran would address the world's concerns. But he said more discussions with the IAEA were needed on the additional protocol.

"No questions [or] ambiguities remained unanswered," Mr Aghazadeh said after a cabinet meeting. "With our behaviour and co-operation with the IAEA and other countries, we'll remove the world's concerns and [instead] expect them to be transparent."

Iran has demanded assurances it would have access to international help for its civilian nuclear projects if it signed the protocol. But diplomats say Tehran must accept tougher inspections, without conditions, to ease international concerns over its nuclear activities.

http://news.ft.com/servlet/ContentServer?pagename=FT.com/StoryFT/FullStory&c=StoryFT&cid=1059479005771&p=1012571727172
29 posted on 08/14/2003 8:34:22 AM PDT by DoctorZIn
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Iran Allows Sampling Ahead of IAEA Report

August 14, 2003
The Financial Times
Najmeh Bozorgmehr and Roula Khalaf

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30 posted on 08/14/2003 8:35:19 AM PDT by DoctorZIn
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IRANIAN PRESIDENT: TWIN BILLS WILL NOT GO TO EXPEDIENCY COUNCIL
Iran's Guardians Council rejected a bill to amend the election law on 12 August, and the next day President Hojatoleslam Mohammad Khatami said he will not forward this piece of legislation to the Expediency Council, IRNA reported. The Expediency Council normally mediates when there are impasses between the parliament and the Guardians Council, but Khatami expressed the hope that the legislative bodies can resolve their disagreement before the upcoming parliamentary election, which is scheduled for February. Guardians Council spokesman Ebrahim Azizi explained on 12 August that the parliament did not address discrepancies that had resulted in rejection of the bill previously, and he added that in some cases the problems have gotten worse, IRNA reported. BS


LEGISLATION'S REJECTION LEADS TO CALL FOR REFERENDUM.

At least one parliamentarian, Jafar Golbaz, has reacted to the Guardians Council's rejection of the election law by calling for a national referendum, ILNA reported on 13 August. Golbaz said rejection of the bill comes as no surprise because the Guardians Council is "like a book that has been printed a million times and everyone is familiar with it." Nevertheless, he said, the parliament did its utmost to follow the normal legislative process. Golbaz said such an issue can be put to the public. Article 59 of the constitution permits direct recourse to a popular vote on extremely important matters, if such a request is approved by two-thirds of the legislature. Article 177 states that the constitution may be revised through a referendum. BS

source: RFE/RL NEWSLINE Vol. 7, No. 154, Part III, 14 August 2003

Comment: Will he get the 2/3 majority for this then it will be a possible way to a peaceful transformation.
31 posted on 08/14/2003 9:39:06 AM PDT by AdmSmith
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Dahlan Seizes Millions Iran Sent to Jihad

August 15, 2003
Ha'aretz
Ze'ev Schiff

The Palestinian preventive security apparatus, under Mohammed Dahlan, recently seized USD 3 million sent from Iran for the Islamic Jihad organization in the territories.

The money, which arrived indirectly via Arab countries, was confiscated by the Palestinian Authority (PA), and then distributed to charity organizations.

In the seven weeks since agreeing on the cease-fire, the PA has taken steps to reduce incitement against Israel and to tighten its control over PA funds. However, the control is not complete and PA chairman Yasser Arafat and his security services have their own funds.

Israeli sources say the Palestinian leadership sees these acts as fighting terrorism. Mahmoud Abbas (Abu Mazen) and Security Minister Dahlan have not carried out any real action against the terror organizations. Even the "90-day plan" on security issues that Dahlan presented to the United States is hardly being implemented, except for organizational steps, the Israeli sources say.

http://www.haaretz.com/hasen/pages/ShArt.jhtml?itemNo=329764&sw=Iran

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32 posted on 08/14/2003 6:36:31 PM PDT by DoctorZIn
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The head of the state news agency IRNA was summoned by an Iranian court over the agency’s investigations into the case of an allegedly murdered Iranian-Canadian photojournalist. Abdullah Nasseri will be questioned by the court over several stories and interviews IRNA made with Iranian MPs and journalists over the case ...

Does that mean that he is being put under pressure because of honest reporting on this case?

33 posted on 08/14/2003 6:43:05 PM PDT by BlackVeil
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The money, which arrived indirectly via Arab countries, was confiscated by the Palestinian Authority (PA), and then distributed to charity organizations.

This is a brilliant move!

34 posted on 08/14/2003 7:01:20 PM PDT by McGavin999
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"...confiscated by the Palestinian Authority (PA), and then distributed to charity organizations."

What's the definition of a PA charity organization?
35 posted on 08/14/2003 7:07:17 PM PDT by nuconvert
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Allied Forces foiled plot to kill Hoseyn Khomeini in Iraq
Report Section

Aug 14, 2003
IPS

PARIS - A plot hatched by the Islamic Republic to assassinate Hojjatoleslam Hoseyn Khomeini has been discovered and foiled by the Allied forces in Iraq, well-informed western intelligence sources confirmed.

The plan for killing the dissident cleric, a grandson of the leader of the Islamic revolution of 1979, was on the same pattern of the one used by Osama Ben Laden for the assassination of late Ahmad Shah Mas’oud, the Afghan legendary warlord, according to the sources.

The charismatic Ahmad Shah was murdered in his office in the Panjshir valley by two Arab terrorists disguised as journalists two days before the 11 September terrorist attacks by al-Qa’eda on the New York’s World Trade Center twin towers and the Pentagon in Washington, killing more than 3000 people, plunging the United States and the world in a new era filled with recession and anxiety."Allied intelligence had intercepted messages exchanged between Tehran and the alleged killers who had traveled to Iraq few days after the arrival of Mr. Khomeini to Baghdad, some of them posing as tradesmen, others as journalists", the sources told Iran Press Service, speaking on condition of anonymity.

A spokesman for the American forces in Iraq confirmed the arrest, on first of July, of two Iranians working for the State-run, leader-controlled Voice and Visage of the Islamic Republic (Iranian Radio and Television), accusing them of "activities harming the Allied interests".

"They pretended that they are journalists, but they were acting in a very different manner when arrested", the spokesman said without explaining what the detainees, Sa’id Aboutalebi and Soheyl Karimi had done against American interests, but added that they had been placed in a high security detention camp and Tehran had been informed via "routine diplomatic channels".

Though the news of the arrest was first disclosed by the head of the VVIR’s bureau in the Iraqi Capital on 19 July and immediately confirmed by the Americans, yet it took both the Organisation and the Iranian authorities several days before acknowledging the detention, claiming that the men were in Iraq to produce a documentary on the life of the Iraqi people under occupation.According to Iranian opposition sources, a team, led by a certain Mohammad Asadi, a member of the Revolutionary Guards’ elite "Qods" (Jerusalem) Unit was dispatched from Tehran to assassinate the 45 years-old Hoseyn Khomeini, who had left Iran secretly about two months ago for Iraq.

In a series of interviews with international press and Iranian opposition media, the young cleric, who was kept under close watch in Iran, confirmed the information and at the same time, accused the present Iranian clerical rulers of "despotic governance, illegal detention, torture and execution of dissidents, widespread corruption and usurpation of the religion and the revolution for personal benefits"."If my grandfather would be alive, not only he would have joined those opposed to the present system, but also call for changing this regime", he told international media in interviews from Baghdad and Najaf, the holly city from where Grand Ayatollah Roohollah Khomeini started his movement against the former Iranian regime of Shah Mohammad Reza Pahlavi more than 25 years ago.

http://www.iran-press-service.com/
36 posted on 08/14/2003 9:39:07 PM PDT by DoctorZIn
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Allied Forces foiled plot to kill Hoseyn Khomeini in Iraq
Report Section

Aug 14, 2003
IPS

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37 posted on 08/14/2003 9:40:33 PM PDT by DoctorZIn
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Iran says it aims to build a 5,000-megawatt nuclear power plant

By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS Aug. 15, 2003

TEHRAN, Iran
Iran's second nuclear reactor will have a capacity of 1,000 megawatts and the state is beginning feasibility studies for a 5,000-megawatt reactor, the official Islamic Republic News Agency reported Thursday.

First Vice President Mohamad Reza Aref authorized Iran's Atomic Energy Organization to sign contracts for the construction of a second reactor at the Bushehr nuclear power site with a capacity of 1,000 megawatts, IRNA reported.

State television said Wednesday that plans for a second reactor had been approved, but it did not report the size of the plant.

Iran is building with Russian assistance its first nuclear reactor at Bushehr, on the shore of the Gulf. It has a capacity of 1,000 megawatts and should be completed next year.

The United States suspects Iran of developing a clandestine nuclear weapons program. It has lobbied for the International Atomic Energy Agency to declare the country in violation of the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty.

Iran denies ambitions to make nuclear weapons and says it seeks nuclear power as an alternative source of energy as its oil reserves diminish.

At its meeting Thursday, the Supreme Nuclear Council also commissioned the Atomic Energy Organization to prepare studies for building a 5,000-megawatt nuclear plant, IRNA reported.

Iran aims to generate 7,000 megawatts of electricity from nuclear fuel by 2021.

The IAEA, a U.N. watchdog, has been pressing Iran to allow unfettered access to its nuclear sites. IAEA chief Mohamed ElBaradei is to present a report on Iran next month.

http://www.jpost.com/servlet/Satellite?pagename=JPost/A/JPArticle/ShowFull&cid=1060829013765
38 posted on 08/14/2003 9:43:10 PM PDT by DoctorZIn
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Iran says it aims to build a 5,000-megawatt nuclear power plant

By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS Aug. 15, 2003 TEHRAN, Iran
Jerusalem Post

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39 posted on 08/14/2003 9:44:59 PM PDT by DoctorZIn
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I'm sorry I haven't been posting, but I'm at a busy time in my life.

I've been reading the thread, though, and appreciate all of your posts.
40 posted on 08/14/2003 11:19:39 PM PDT by dixiechick2000 (Two fish are in a tank. One says to the other ---"I'll man the guns, You drive")
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Tehran insists its nuclear programme is strictly for civilian use.

Yeah, just in case they run out of oil...It is so scarce in Iran.
41 posted on 08/14/2003 11:24:11 PM PDT by Pro-Bush (Circumstances rule destiny)
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Iran says it aims to build a 5,000-megawatt nuclear power plant

We should wait until they've built it, then steal it and bring it to the East Coast.

42 posted on 08/14/2003 11:52:33 PM PDT by xm177e2 (Stalinists, Maoists, Ba'athists, Pacifists: Why are they always on the same side?)
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43 posted on 08/15/2003 12:03:49 AM PDT by DoctorZIn
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bttt
44 posted on 08/15/2003 12:19:11 AM PDT by lainde
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