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Iranian Alert -- August 24, 2003 -- LIVE THREAD PING LIST
The Iranian Student Movement Up To The Minute Reports ^ | 8.24.2003 | DoctorZin

Posted on 08/24/2003 12:49:56 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


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1 posted on 08/24/2003 12:49:58 AM PDT by DoctorZIn
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Argentina plays down Iran's decision to suspend ties

BUENOS AIRES, Aug 23 (AFP)--The Argentine government on Saturday played down news of Tehran's decision to suspend diplomatic cooperation following Britain's arrest of a former Iranian ambassador to Buenos Aires.

http://www.iranmania.com/News/ArticleView/Default.asp?NewsCode=17584&NewsKind=Current%20Affairs
3 posted on 08/24/2003 1:07:47 AM PDT by F14 Pilot
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4 posted on 08/24/2003 1:15:15 AM PDT by DoctorZIn
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2003/08/22
Leader meets intelligence staff

Tehran, Aug 22 - Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei here Thursday stressed that vigilance against enemy plots is among "important issues which all officials and responsible (state) apparatus, especially Information Ministry, must maintain".

"As long as there is vigilance, none of the plots hatched by the enemies of the establishment and their bragging will prove effective," he told a group of senior officials of the Information Ministry.

The Supreme Leader lauded the "sincere and very valuable services of Information Ministry", saying "these efforts, which are made under hard and complicated conditions and many people and officials are unaware of them, are among the acts which are blesse d by God".

Information Minister Ali Younesi presented a report on the ministry's operations before the Supreme Leader's speech and said: "Information Ministry, thanks to its recognition of the country's situation as well as the enemies' plots, is giving the glad ti dings that the Islamic Iran is stronger than any other time and prepared for a bright future."

http://www.iribnews.com/Full_en.asp?news_id=186353


5 posted on 08/24/2003 1:15:23 AM PDT by F14 Pilot
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I know that this is not on topic, but I am in Sydney at the moment. We are in the midst of an absolute raging gale. A storm is laying waste to the whole coast. My house is shaking.
6 posted on 08/24/2003 1:21:42 AM PDT by BlackVeil
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MP: Washington should pay remaining part of compensaton to Iranian victims' families

Member of Parliamentary Commission on National Security and Foreign Affairs Mrs Elaheh Koulaei said on Saturday that Washington should pay the remaining portion of compensation for Iranian passengers who were killed when an Iranian commercial aircraft was shot down by US warship Vincennes in 1988, IRNA reported from Tehran.

She said that families of American victims will receive 10 million dollars for every victim from Libya whereas US paid lower compensation for Iranian victims.

Under the deal, Libya will pay up to 10 million dollars per victim in three stages -- four million dollars would be paid for every victim once the UN sanctions are ended. This would be followed by four million dollars more if Washington lifts its sanctions and two million dollars when Libya is dropped from the US list of terrorist state.

If Washington doesn`t take these steps within eight months of Libya placing $2.7 billion into the escrow account, the Lockerbie victims families would receive only 1 million dollars more, bringing the total compensation to dlrs five million per victim.

http://www.payvand.com/news/03/aug/1135.html
7 posted on 08/24/2003 1:29:45 AM PDT by F14 Pilot
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Iranian cleric wants Islam promoted as a peaceful religion

By JOYCE M. DAVIS
Knight Ridder Newspapers

WASHINGTON - An Iranian cleric is in Washington with the blessing of his government to drum up support for an unprecedented international Islamic conference to promote Islam as a religion of peace, and not one that encourages Muslims to kill people of other faiths.

Ayatollah Seyed Mostafa Mohaghegh Damad is among a growing number of moderate Islamic scholars who are concerned about the popularity of extremists such as Osama bin Laden, especially among disillusioned youths in the Islamic world. These extremists use some Islamic texts to recruit young men and women into terrorism.

Muslim extremists often point to Surah 2, verses 190-191, in the Quran, Islam's holy book, to justify their call for attacks on the United States and other Western targets: "And slay them where ye find them, and drive them out of the places whence they drove you out, for persecution is worse than slaughter."

Damad and other Islamic scholars contend that militants are misinterpreting such verses and distorting Islam.

Islam has no one central authority on its teachings, and Muslim scholars often differ on their interpretations of holy texts. Islam also unites more than 1 billion people of varied races, cultures and languages. Such differences will make it difficult for Muslims to agree on the religion's teachings, even if they accept Damad's call for an international conference.

"The first major problem concerns the relation of Muslims vis-a-vis followers of other religions," Damad said recently at a gathering of Islamic scholars at the United Association of Studies and Research, an Islamic center in Springfield, Va. There are "many ordinary Muslims and even scholars who believe there can be no permanent peace between Islam and kofr (unbelievers), and the two should be in perpetual war until the final victory of Islam."

But there is another interpretation of Islam, he said, that sees it as a "religion of peace and tolerance that can coexist with other faiths. … These two conceptions … are in hot competition for the minds and hearts of men in my own country, Iran."

Damad, the head of the Islamic studies department at the Academy of Scientists in Iran, is calling for Muslim scholars to unite to agree on a moderate, tolerant interpretation of Islamic texts, especially those that militants use to justify jihad - holy war - against the West.

A spokesman for the Iranian interest section in Washington said Damad's call for a more moderate interpretation of Islam had the full blessing of the Iranian government, including President Mohamed Khatami and Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei. Damad supports Khatami's efforts to promote dialogue with the West. Iran and the United States haven't had diplomatic ties since 1979.

Damad, a Shiite Muslim, needs the backing of mainstream Sunni Muslim scholars, such as those associated with the United Association of Studies and Research in Virginia, to promote his call for Muslims to re-examine Islam's teachings for the modern world. Damad recently started to travel, beginning in the United States, to solicit support for a conference.

Militants are gaining ground throughout the Islamic world, since so many people are angry at U.S. support for Israel as well as the American-led occupation of Iraq, Damad said. While militants encourage Muslims to act on their own to fight nonbelievers whenever and wherever they can, most mainstream Muslim scholars don't support such teachings, Damad said.

Like Damad, many moderate Muslims are alarmed at the increasing anti-American hostility in the Islamic world. This hostility is even growing among Muslims who have supported the West in such countries as Qatar and Kuwait, warned a prominent Kuwaiti official who asked not to be identified. The only way this battle can be fought is with the help of moderate Muslim scholars, he said, who have the authority and the prestige to challenge the militants.

http://www.bayarea.com/mld/mercurynews/news/politics/6569276.htm

8 posted on 08/24/2003 1:37:20 AM PDT by F14 Pilot
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"Japan should go ahead with Iran oil deal "

TOKYO, Aug 24 (AFP)--Japan should go ahead with a multi-billion dollar deal to develop a massive oil field in Iran even though the United States opposes it due to Tehran's suspect nuclear programme, the defence minister said Sunday.

http://www.iranmania.com/News/ArticleView/Default.asp?NewsCode=17583&NewsKind=Current%20Affairs
10 posted on 08/24/2003 2:08:34 AM PDT by F14 Pilot
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Lari stresses confidence-building in Islamic system

Yasouj, Aug 24, IRNA -- Iran`s Interior
Minister Abdolvahed Mousavi Lari said any move that would tarnish
public trust in the Islamic system should be avoided.
Making the remark in a ceremony held here Saturday to introduce
the new governor general of this southwestern province, he said the
only way to confront all threats posed by enemies against Iran was to
safeguard and value the solid ties between the public and the Islamic
system.
Pointing to the fact that the enemies, unlike the past, were now
very close to Iranian borders, he noted that those who are living
examples of evil themselves were now introducing Iran as an axis of evil.

http://www.irna.ir/#2003_08_2410_14_455
11 posted on 08/24/2003 2:12:25 AM PDT by F14 Pilot
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I am right on the coast, I don't know the altitude. It is getting a bit calmer now, but all day it has been a most raging gale.

1 person was killed, and on the national news they interviewed a witness (this gets us back on topic!) who is from Sydney's Iranian community. He witnessed this awful accident where a flying tree hit a car and killed the passenger. That is a whole tree whizzing through the air.
14 posted on 08/24/2003 2:29:05 AM PDT by BlackVeil
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Damad, the head of the Islamic studies department at the Academy of Scientists in Iran, is calling for Muslim scholars to unite to agree on a moderate, tolerant interpretation of Islamic texts ...

He is unlikely to have much influence outside Iran, because of the Sunni/Shia thing, he would be seen as a meddling Shia.

15 posted on 08/24/2003 2:31:36 AM PDT by BlackVeil
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-- I Would like to draw your attention to this article and compare it with the last one --
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Meet the people shaping the future of science

Come the revolution

Only in a few countries could a philosopher of science be seen as an enemy of the state. Abdolkarim Soroush, one of Iran's best-known intellectuals, argues that science cannot progress under totalitarian regimes. His greatest "crime" is to suggest that this is a legitimate Islamic view. After six years in exile, Soroush bravely returned to Iran last week. Ehsan Masood spoke to him on the eve of his departure

Why are you going back to Iran?

I have been away for six years. I need to go back to sort out various things and visit my students, family and friends. Some of my closest friends have been arrested. Before I left I set up an independent institute for epistemological research, which I have discovered was closed down last month. The building has been sealed off. I need to find out what happened.

How risky will this visit be in terms of your personal safety?

It is difficult to say. My friends tell me I am taking a risk. But I need to go.

President Mohammad Khatami is also a personal friend of yours. Will you meet him?

I avoid him and he avoids me. That is better for both of us.

Many of your students are taking to the streets in Iran calling for more freedoms. Do you think they will succeed?

These protests are coming entirely from within. They are not because of foreign provocation. Iran has had an explosion in its university population since the revolution, when there were just 200,000 students. Today there are 2 million. They and their families want greater freedoms and I believe the end result will be a reduction in the power of Iran's supreme leader, Ayatollah Khamenei, more power to parliament, and greater academic freedom.

How has your experience in Iran influenced your views about science?

My experience in Iran teaches me that a minimum amount of freedom is necessary for the advancement of science, for the advancement of thought. Research cannot flourish if you cannot communicate with your fellow scientists; if you cannot explain your ideas freely, or have to hide part of them lest you be arrested.
I am communicating with you now. We can freely chat and freely exchange information. Science is a child of these kinds of conditions. If I hide something from you and you hide things from me, and both of us are obliged to read between the lines, these are not ideal conditions for research to progress.

Yet science has done well under totalitarian regimes in China and the former Soviet Union, and even under some fairly unpleasant governments during Islam's "golden age of science" between the 9th and 13th centuries...

Let me make a distinction between empirical research and thinking per se. Thinking needs a free environment. Empirical research, where you have a well-defined project with official approval, can indeed flourish even under a totalitarian regime, because scientists can still meet other scientists, read the literature and publish. But it is impossible to advance new theories - particularly in the social sciences - when you are under the influence of a particular view, or under the pressure of a particular dogma.

And I disagree with you about Islam's golden age. Totalitarianism is absolutely a modern phenomenon. In the past, kings were despots but they were not totalitarian. They weren't able to put their hands on science and philosophy. There was no widespread plan to limit scientists, philosophers and other academics. If there were restrictions, they came from religion or fellow philosophers rather than the political system.

You started your professional life as a chemist. Why did you switch to history and philosophy of science?

While still in Iran, I became fascinated with a whole series of problems to do with the nature of science. This happened when I took private tuition in the philosophy of Islamic metaphysics and my teacher and I would often discuss issues such as the nature of theories, the nature of observation and experimental evidence. Neither of us was ever satisfied that we had properly understood these issues, but then neither of us knew that there existed a branch of knowledge called philosophy of science. In fact, philosophy of modern science was unknown in Iran at the time. I didn't find out about it until I came to the UK in 1973.

Are you saying there was no teaching or research in philosophy of modern science in Iran before the Islamic revolution of 1979?

Yes. I was the first person to introduce this subject in Iranian universities. I arranged for academics to be trained and books to be translated and written. Prior to the revolution, philosophy courses at Tehran University concentrated on figures such as Kant, Hume and Heidegger. There was no teaching of the works of modern analytical philosophers such as Karl Popper and Bertrand Russell. This may have been because our heads of department were mostly educated in Germany and France - French is Iran's second language - and were generally weak in English.

You were a supporter of the 1979 revolution...

Yes. Everybody was a supporter. We thought that there was no other way to get rid of the regime of the shah.

Scientific revolutions and political revolutions are similar in many ways. You cannot plan them, they just happen, and you become wiser after the event. After the revolution there was no one dominant view. There were secular people, moderate Muslims, radical Muslims and so on. Revolutions tend to result in totalitarianism. People like me were in it to make it more moderate.

After the shah was overthrown, you returned to Iran. How did you attract the attention of Ayatollah Khomeini?

I met Ayatollah Khomeini when he was in exile in Paris during the 1970s. I later discovered from some of his intimate friends that he had read and liked one of my books on the philosophy of Islamic metaphysics. Khomeini himself had taught metaphysics. I was also known for another book I had written criticising Marxism - considered a serious threat in Iran at the time - and for another on ethics and science. You could say I was a public figure in Iran.

After the revolution, Ayatollah Khomeini set up what he called the Advisory Council for the Cultural Revolution to revise the curricula in the universities. I was invited to become one of the council's seven members and I served on it for four years. It was here that I was given the opportunity to introduce philosophy of modern science in universities.

How did the students take to it?

The students became very excited. I myself taught the subject for more than 10 years and set up a research faculty at Tehran University. Today, I am happy to say that history and philosophy of science is flourishing in Iran. There are many professors and books are constantly being published.

How did you fall out with the authorities?

Around 1990, I published a series of seven articles in a popular cultural magazine called Kyan. The magazine is part of the country's biggest-selling newspaper group. The articles went under the title "The expansion and contraction of religious knowledge". In these articles, I defined a branch of knowledge called religious knowledge and tried to explain it using the principles of philosophy of natural and social sciences. These articles rapidly became quite controversial. The ayatollahs [Shiite Muslim religious leaders], in particular, became very sensitive. Some 10 books have since been written in response to my series.

What did you write that got the ayatollahs so inflamed?

They didn't like the idea that interpretations of religious knowledge can change over time, or that religious knowledge can be understood in its historical context. They thought I was taking away the sacredness of religion and making it dependent on human understanding.
But as the controversy grew, I was happy to see these ideas debated in the public media. The original articles were later published in a 700-page book, and I found that I was beginning to attract quite a following. My classrooms became overcrowded and my books were selling very, very well. Books on philosophy usually sell between 2000 and 3000 copies. Some of my books sold more than 50,000. This made the politicians and clergy very sensitive as I was seen to be undermining their exclusive position. I started coming under restrictions.

What kinds of restrictions?

Vigilante groups would stop me from speaking in public. I was often attacked and beaten. I found that I no longer had a job. No one would employ me. No one would publish my work. Invitations to speak stopped coming. The magazine where my original series of articles appeared was closed down. I was summoned to the Ministry of Intelligence and told very explicitly that the authorities did not like me any more and did not want me to feel secure in the country.

To what degree do you think research in Muslim countries should be regulated?

When I was on the Advisory Council for the Cultural Revolution, the clerics thought there was an excessive leftist influence on the social sciences and wanted us to purge them of this. I always argued that this would not work because scientists never accept commands from anybody.

But in a country like Iran, surely religion will always guide what research you can do?

There are always barriers to science. Some come from the nature of the research itself, and these have to be recognised and acknowledged. Others come from outside, and these need to be minimised or eliminated. If you are asked to confirm predetermined conclusions to further a social, political or religious cause, that has to be resisted. If you believe through your religion that you know the answer to a particular issue, then embarking on research to find the answer seems to be a contradiction.

You are sometimes described as Islam's Martin Luther, the 16th-century Christian reformer. Are you?

I do not think I am. My main job is to offer an alternative to the totalitarian view of Islam.

http://www.newscientist.com/opinion/opinterview.jsp?id=ns24081

*Comment: Sorush, A former pro-revolution university professor in Iran who is a strong protestor these days.
He was in the United States to teach philosophy as well.
16 posted on 08/24/2003 3:25:48 AM PDT by F14 Pilot
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Iran's Khatami Demands British Apology in Arrest of ex-Diplomat

VOA News
24 Aug 2003, 13:06 UTC

Iranian President Mohammad Khatami is demanding Britain apologize for the arrest of a former Iranian diplomat for alleged terrorist activity.

Iranian state media quote Mr. Khatami as saying Iran will have a "strong reaction" to the arrest of Hadi Soleimanpour, the former Iranian ambassador to Argentina.

On Thursday, British police, acting on an international warrant, arrested Mr. Soleimanpour in Durham, northern England.

In his remarks Sunday, Mr. Khatami said he hopes Britain will quickly correct the situation.

The Iranian president called the arrest "politically motivated," and said there are forces trying to pressure Iran's Islamic Republic through unfounded allegations.

However, the British charge d'affaires in Iran, Matthew Gould, said he told Iranian officials Saturday the police decision to arrest Mr. Soleimanpour was independent of the British government.

The arrest warrant, which was issued by Argentina, charges Mr. Soleimanpour with involvement in the July 1994 bombing of a Buenos Aires Jewish community center. The attack killed 85 people. Mr. Soleimanpour was ambassador to Argentina at the time.

Iran has denied any involvement in the community center bombing. Tehran has cut economic and cultural ties with Buenos Aires over the issue.

http://www.voanews.com/article.cfm?objectID=28247A66-AE49-461B-8E19BC9DA6486FF8
17 posted on 08/24/2003 6:39:59 AM PDT by F14 Pilot
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Iran escalates envoy arrest row

Last Updated: Sunday, 24 August, 2003, 11:08 GMT 12:08 UK

Iran has demanded an apology from the UK Government over the arrest of its former ambassador to Buenos Aires on terrorism charges.

http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/middle_east/3177355.stm
18 posted on 08/24/2003 6:43:43 AM PDT by F14 Pilot
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Related news stroy about the Terrorist and foreign fighters in Iraq.

http://story.news.yahoo.com/news?tmpl=story&cid=578&ncid=578&e=1&u=/nm/20030824/ts_nm/iraq_usa_dc
19 posted on 08/24/2003 7:04:43 AM PDT by F14 Pilot
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She said that families of American victims will receive 10 million dollars for every victim from Libya whereas US paid lower compensation for Iranian victims.

Yes....and....what?
20 posted on 08/24/2003 7:10:44 AM PDT by Valin (America is a vast conspiracy to make you happy.)
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Iran Escalates Envoy Arrest Row

August 24, 2003
BBC News
BBCi

Iran has demanded an apology from the UK Government over the arrest of its former ambassador to Buenos Aires on terrorism charges.

President Mohammad Khatami escalated the diplomatic row with Argentina and the UK in remarks on Iranian state radio.

"I hope that the British Government will swiftly go back on this incorrect action and apologise," he said.

The former ambassador, Hadi Soleimanpour, was arrested by British police on Thursday in Durham, northeast England, over his alleged role in the bombing of a Jewish community centre in Buenos Aires in 1994 in which 85 people died.

He is to be held in custody until late August when a London court will rule on an Argentine extradition request.

President Khatami said the British Charge d'Affaires would again be summoned to the Foreign Ministry.

"What has happened has been politically motivated," he said

"There are currents behind the case trying to put the Islamic Republic under pressure by levelling baseless accusations and unfounded allegations against Tehran."

Ties cut with Argentina

Iran announced on Saturday that it was cutting cultural and economic ties with Argentina.

Senior British and Argentine diplomats were summoned to Iran's foreign ministry in protest at the arrest.

According to the state news agency, IRNA, the Argentine Charge d'Affaires was informed his government would be held accountable for all the legal and political impacts of the ruling.

International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) wants full inspections of nuclear facilities

The British Charge d'Affaires was asked to order the immediate release of the former diplomat.

He is alleged to have been involved in planning and commissioning the bombing and that he provided information about the location and timing of the attack.

Mr Soleimanpour, who is now a research assistant at the University of Durham, denied the charges when he was arrested by police on Thursday.

The move provoked a media storm in Tehran, with one right-wing paper calling on the British ambassador to be kicked out.

The BBC's Miranda Eeles in Tehran says it is not yet clear how serious the diplomatic fall-out could be.

Relations between Iran and Britain have never been easy, but the trend in the last few years has shown signs of improvement.

British Foreign Secretary Jack Straw has visited the country four times in the last two years and there is growing co-operation between the two countries over issues such as Afghanistan and fighting the drugs trade.

Diplomats say this tentative softening of relations could now be in jeopardy.

Eight warrants

The extradition warrant for Mr Soleimanpour was one of eight issued by an Argentine judge, Juan Jose Galeano, against Iranian citizens last week.

Similar warrants issued in March against four Iranian diplomats caused tension between Buenos Aires and Tehran, and resulted in the recall of the Iranian ambassador.

Last month, Argentine President Nestor Kirchner said the lack of progress in the case was a "national disgrace", and vowed to bring those responsible to justice.

Argentina's 300,000-strong Jewish community is the largest in Latin America, and has been the target of other attacks.

A 1992 bomb attack on the Israeli embassy in Buenos Aires in which 29 people were killed also remains unsolved.

http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/middle_east/3177355.stm
21 posted on 08/24/2003 8:12:09 AM PDT by DoctorZIn
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Iran Escalates Envoy Arrest Row

August 24, 2003
BBC News

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22 posted on 08/24/2003 8:13:31 AM PDT by DoctorZIn
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Iran Promises "Strong Action" Over Envoy'

August 24, 2003
Reuters
Reuters.com

TEHRAN -- Iranian President Mohammad Khatami says Iran will take "strong action" over the arrest of its ex-ambassador to Argentina in connection with the bombing of a Jewish centre in Buenos Aires in 1994.

Ex-envoy Hadi Soleimanpour, 47, was arrested in Britain on Thursday after Argentina requested his extradition in connection with the AMIA Jewish Community Centre blast that killed 85 people.

Iran has called for Soleimanpour's immediate release and calls the case is politically motivated, a charge dismissed by Britain. Iran said on Saturday it was cutting economic and cultural ties with Argentina because of the arrest.

"The Iranian government will take strong action on this issue," the president said in remarks broadcast on state television, but gave few details about what that would involve.

Khatami said he had demanded an immediate apology from Britain and said the Foreign Ministry would summon the British charge d'affaires in Tehran for a second time.

"The Islamic Republic of Iran is sensitive about all of its citizens, particularly those who have responsibility, and it will not compromise on this," Khatami said.

Britain's charge d'affaires Matthew Gould told Reuters he had told Iranian Foreign Ministry officials on Saturday that Soleimanpour's arrest was not politically motivated, and that the court's decision was independent of the British government.

Diplomats said the Iran's cutting of economic ties could affect Argentinean exports to Iran of wheat, sunflower oil, rice and other foodstuffs.

Soleimanpour entered Britain on a student visa in February last year to study at Durham University.

Tehran denies any involvement in the Buenos Aires bombing and withdrew its ambassador from Argentina soon after the incident to protest against the allegation.

http://www.reuters.co.uk/newsPackageArticle.jhtml?type=topNews&storyID=363075&section=news

23 posted on 08/24/2003 8:14:34 AM PDT by DoctorZIn
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Iran Promises "Strong Action" Over Envoy'

August 24, 2003
Reuters

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/news/969485/posts?page=23#23

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24 posted on 08/24/2003 8:15:37 AM PDT by DoctorZIn
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Iran welcomes foreign investment

Tehran, Aug 24 - Deputy Oil Minister Mohammad-Reza Nematzadeh said here Sunday that the Islamic Republic of Iran welcomes foreign and domestic investments.

To materialize the goal the country should try to make use of all its domestic and foreign potentials, he said.

Addressing a seminar on Iran's economic diplomacy, he said "We should prepare the grounds to increase investment opportunities in the country."

After paving the way for investments and reaching mass production, "We have to try to penetrate into existing saturated markets," he said.

Shares of Iran's petrochemical products on world markets stands at eight percent while the country's share in exports of the item stands at one percent, he said.

Some 50 contracts with various world trading companies have been signed to implement projects, he said.

"We have established a very close cooperation with insurance companies, European banks, non-European banks and we should appreciate the key role of foreign ministry in handling the cases," he concluded.

http://www.iribnews.com/Full_en.asp?news_id=186556&n=36
25 posted on 08/24/2003 9:04:50 AM PDT by F14 Pilot
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British government should immediately release Iranian diplomat

Tehran, August 24, IRNA -- Head of Parliamentary Commission on
National Security and Foreign Affairs Mohsen Mirdamadi said on Sunday
that it is not acceptable to see Iranian diplomat detained in Britain
and that the British government should immediately release Hadi
Soleimanpour, Iran`s former ambassador to Argentina.
"If the British government fails to bring the situation to normal,
Iranian government will normally take stronger action," he said.
"In principle, a third country has not the right to arrest an
individual upon an arrest warrant from a court whose jurisdiction is
invalid," Mirdamadi said.
The background of the case proved that the arrest warrant against
the Iranian diplomat is politically motivated, he added.
He said that Britain`s practice to arrest Mr. Soleimanpour will
adversely have negative impacts on Iran-British relations.
The former ambassador to Buenos Aires was arrested in London on
Thursday upon an arrest warrant from Argentine court examining AMIA
Jewish center bombing in 1994.

http://www.irna.ir/#2003_08_2421_25_500
26 posted on 08/24/2003 10:37:13 AM PDT by F14 Pilot
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"A spokesman for the Iranian interest section in Washington said Damad's call for a more moderate interpretation of Islam had the full blessing of the Iranian government, including President Mohamed Khatami and Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei."

If it has the blessings of Khatami and Khamenei, there's something rotten there.
27 posted on 08/24/2003 11:16:39 AM PDT by nuconvert
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To: seamole
neat
28 posted on 08/24/2003 11:19:50 AM PDT by nuconvert
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Kayhan Daily, "British Ambassador Out"

August 23, 2003
AFP
IranMania

TEHRAN -- A conservative Iranian daily demanded Saturday the expulsion of the British ambassador in response to the arrest by British authorities of Iran's former envoy to Argentina over his alleged links to a 1994 bombing in Buenos Aires.

"British ambassador out," headlined the right-wing Kayhan newspaper. "The first measure to take, and the easiest, to punish the British government is to kick out the ambassador," an editorial said.

Hadi Soleimanpur, 47, was arrested Thursday by British police in northeast England, where he was attending university, and he is being held in custody until late August when a London court will rule on an Argentine extradition request.

He is one of several Iranian diplomats wanted by Argentina on charges they plotted the July 1994 bombing of the Israeli-Argentine Mutual Association building, a Jewish charities center, which killed 85 people.

In Saturday's editorial, Kayhan's chief editor Hossein Shariatmadari said Soleimanpur's arrest made it "evident" Tehran was the victim of a "conspiracy hatched by the Zionist regime, Argentina and Great Britain."

"Why not exercise our right to punish the backwards government of Britain which, according to its own parliament members, has no other role on the international scene but to act as the tail of the dog," he added, referring to US President George W. Bush.

If Tehran does not expel ambassador Richard Dalton, "the Islamic Iranian nation ... will act itself," Shariatmadari warned.

Britain, along with the rest of the European Union, is negotiating a key trade and association pact with Iran, but relations between the two have cooled lately due to Britain's participation in the war on Iraq, which Tehran opposed.

http://www.iranmania.com/News/ArticleView/Default.asp?NewsCode=17586&NewsKind=Current%20Affairs
29 posted on 08/24/2003 11:26:28 AM PDT by DoctorZIn
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Iran's Murdered Photojounalist Verdict Within Days

August 24, 2003
mytelus.com

Iran will release the results of its investigation into the death of Canadian photojournalist Zahra Kazemi within 48 hours, an Iranian news agency reported Sunday.

The Iranian Students' News Agency (ISNA) says the information came from Ja'far Reshadati, Tehran's deputy prosecutor.

Iranian criminal court judge Javad Ismaili is heading the investigation.

Kazemi, 54, was arrested in late June after taking photos of a Tehran prison. She died on July 11 while in Iranian custody.

An autopsy concluded that Kazemi died from a brain hemorrhage resulting from blows to the head.

Iranian officials refused to allow Canadian authorities to conduct their own autopsy on the body. Kazemi was buried in her birthplace in southern Iran against the wishes of her Montreal-based son, Stephan Hachemi.

Amnesty International, Iran's Islamic Human Rights Commission and other rights organizations have called for an independent investigation into Kazemi's death.

http://www.mytelus.com/news/article.do?pageID=cbc/world_home&articleID=1390853
30 posted on 08/24/2003 11:27:10 AM PDT by DoctorZIn
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More Information on: United Association of Studies and Research. (excerpted; see url below for entire statement)

FEBRUARY 24, 1998, TUESDAY

HEADLINE: PREPARED STATEMENT OF STEVEN EMERSON BEFORE THE SENATE JUDICIARY COMMITTEE SUBCOMMITTEE ON TERRORISM, TECHNOLOGY AND GOVERNMENT INFORMATION SUBJECT - FOREIGN TERRORISTS IN AMERICA: FIVE YEARS AFTER THE WORLD TRADE CENTER BOMBING

BODY:

Introduction:

The subject of today's hearing, the foreign terrorist threat in the United States, is one of the most important issues we face as a society today. With the advent of chemical and biological weapons, we now face distinct possibilities of mass civilian murder the likes of which have not been seen World War II. The specter of terrorism carries with it the threat of violence aimed at targets merely because of their religious, ethnic or national identities."

"The connections between CAIR and Hamas extend beyond Nihad Awad. Mohammad Nimer, the director of CAIR's Research Center, was on the board of directors of the United Association for Studies and Research (UASR). This innocuous sounding organization is the strategic arm of Hamas in the United States. One Hamas terrorist operative, caught and convicted by Israeli authorities, called UASR "the political command of llamas in the United States?13 There are numerous other indicators of the close connections between UASR and Hamas."

http://www.geocities.com/CollegePark/6453/emerson.html
31 posted on 08/24/2003 12:19:49 PM PDT by nuconvert
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Analysis: Is 'Perfect Storm' Brewing for Bush?

By REUTERS
NYTimes
Filed at 11:03 a.m. ET 8.24.2003

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - As the 2004 election nears, President Bush could face an international ``perfect storm'' -- more attacks in Iraq and Afghanistan, an overextended deployment of U.S. troops eager to come home and blackening clouds over the Middle East, North Korea and Iran.

The confluence of world events will test Bush's foreign policy leadership even as he must concentrate on the U.S. economy and other domestic issues that could determine whether he wins a second term.

Although most Americans still have a favorable opinion of the president, his job performance rating has slipped to 52 percent positive and 48 percent negative in a recent poll of 1,011 likely U.S. voters by Zogby International. This compares with a post-Sept. 11, 2001, peak rating of 82 percent positive.

The president and his top aides have repeatedly insisted that their course in Iraq is the right one.

But last week's bombing of the U.N. headquarters in Baghdad, which killed 24 people, has provoked demands for a reassessment of U.S. Iraq policy.

Meanwhile:

-- Renewed Israeli-Palestinian violence may have scuttled a U.S. peace plan for the region.

-- Six-party talks in Beijing this week raise both peril and promise in dealing with the North Korean nuclear crisis.

-- A U.S. push to have the United Nations address concerns about Iran's nuclear ambitions could provoke a crisis.

STORM BREWING

``A perfect storm (on security) is brewing for the rest of the year,'' said one military planner, referring to a catastrophic clash of three storms that menaced the U.S. Northeastern coast in 1991.

In Iraq, a major lightning rod is the issue of troops -- whether the 139,000 U.S. military on the ground should be supplemented with more Americans or foreign forces.

In a letter to Bush last week, Democrat Joe Biden and Republican Chuck Hagel, members of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, said the Baghdad attack showed the ``urgent need'' for more foreign forces in Iraq.

They urged Bush to find a way to broaden the U.N.'s role, so leaders of countries that opposed the war can have the ``political cover'' to justify post-war cooperation.

``It is worth enhancing the role of the United Nations because it will allow us to share the huge risk and expense of securing, policing, and reconstructing Iraq -- tasks that will take tens of thousands of troops and tens of billions of dollars over many years,'' the senators wrote.

More compelling to the White House, perhaps, may be the stance of William Kristol and Robert Kagan, neo-conservatives who helped create the intellectual climate that propelled Bush's decision to overthrow Saddam Hussein.

In The Weekly Standard, which Kristol edits, they warned that the future of U.S. world leadership and security is at stake in Iraq but Bush has ``failed to commit resources to the rebuilding of Iraq commensurate with these very high stakes.''

TOO FEW TROOPS

There are too few U.S. troops and too little money committed to Iraq and another $60 billion and two army divisions are needed, they said.

``This is the time to bite the bullet and pay the price. Next spring, if disaster looms, it will be harder. And it may be too late,'' they wrote.

Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld has insisted that no more troops are required, just that the United States must hasten preparations for Iraqis to take over security duties.

Nevertheless, Washington has revived discussions with the United Nations on a resolution to encourage countries like France, Turkey, Germany and India to send troops and resources.

Military planners say if the U.N. did pass a resolution that France and others approved, it could take eight weeks for troops from those countries to arrive on the ground in Iraq.

That would bring them to Iraq's one working port and airport about the time thousands of U.S. forces are due to rotate out.

But as the administration remains adamantly opposed to sharing power in Iraq with the United Nations, agreement may be impossible, or at least a long time in coming.

Over time, if security in Iraq does not improve, the original occupation force may have to return for another tour of duty, said Phillip Gordon of the Brookings Institution.

That could mean thousands of disgruntled military and their families in an election year, experts say.

http://www.nytimes.com/reuters/politics/politics-security-bush.html
32 posted on 08/24/2003 12:49:58 PM PDT by DoctorZIn
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Iranian agents kill three British military police in Iraq.

DEBKAfile
8.24.2003

Iranian agents responsible for the three British military police deaths and injury of one in south Iraqi town of Basra Saturday – retaliation for arrest in UK of Hadi Soleimanpour who was Iranian ambassador in Buenos Aires at time of 1994 bombing attack on Jewish center in which 85 perished.

Tehran threatens kidnap of British troops if UK extradites diplomat to Argentina. DEBKAfile sources add: Under secret pact with London, Tehran promised abstention from guerrilla action against British forces in Basra, views diplomat’s arrest breach of pact.

http://www.debka.com/
33 posted on 08/24/2003 1:09:39 PM PDT by DoctorZIn
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To: DoctorZIn
This post of yesterday
http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/969092/posts?page=34#34 is very important as it outlines the strategic thinking in Tehran. Furthermore it is a confirmation that Tehran controls the terrorists in Lebanon:

"Velayati said that, if attacked, Iran would open "a second, a third, a fourth and a fifth front."

The Iranian-controlled branch of the Hizbullah in Lebanon would immediately open a new front against Israel, using thousands of medium-range Fajr IV missiles it has received from Teheran. Various Palestinian militant groups now heavily dependent on Iranian finance, including Hamas and Islamic Jihad, would move onto the offensive against Israel.
34 posted on 08/24/2003 1:57:38 PM PDT by AdmSmith
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To: DoctorZIn
Debka is not reliable, it is linked to the intelcom in Israel an its main objective it to try to influence the policy of the US. It has a mix of correct and unconfirmable (misleading) info.
35 posted on 08/24/2003 2:03:43 PM PDT by AdmSmith
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To: AdmSmith
Yes, you have to take DEBKA with a grain of salt.
36 posted on 08/24/2003 2:16:50 PM PDT by nuconvert
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I agree, but I thought people might be interested in hearing what they say.

From my experience with them, they are either on the money, sometimes months ahead of others, or in other cases, they are all wet.

I report and let others decide. LOL
37 posted on 08/24/2003 3:54:51 PM PDT by DoctorZIn
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Argentina Plays Down Iranian Decision To Suspend Economic, Cultural Ties

August 24, 2003
AFP
TerraNet

The Argentine government played down news of Tehran's decision to suspend diplomatic cooperation following Britain's arrest of a former Iranian ambassador to Buenos Aires.

"We are taking it with caution," a government source said on Saturday, adding that the government was trying to avoid any escalation of a row between Argentina and Iran.

London moved Thursday to detain Hadi Soleimanpour, who was Iran's ambassador to Argentina in 1994 when suspected Islamic militants blew up a Jewish community center here, killing 85 people and injuring 300.

"We think Iran may be planning to magnify the issue, which could lead to an escalation in measures ultimately leading to a break-off of relations," the government source told private news agency NA.

The ex-ambassador has lived in Britain since February 2002 on a student visa. An Argentine judge requested his arrest on August 13, along with that of 12 other Iranians who are believed to be resident in Iran.

The official Iranian news agency Irna reported Tehran's diplomatic measure against Argentina on Saturday.

Argentine business coordinator in Tehran Ernesto Alvarez was summoned to the Foreign Ministry where Americas Director General Mehdi Mohtachami told him Iran was making an "energetic" protest over the detention, Irna said.

Ministry spokesman Hamid Reza Assefi denied Friday any involvement by Iran in the July 1994 attack in Buenos Aires. Assefi said Buenos Aires was politically and legally responsible for the arrest, claiming it ran "counter to international rules."

http://www.terra.net.lb/ch/english
38 posted on 08/24/2003 3:55:44 PM PDT by DoctorZIn
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UK Rejects Iran's Call for Apology

August 25, 2003
Independent
Anne Penketh

Britain yesterday ignored a call from the Iranian President for an apology following the arrest of a former ambassador.

The former Iranian envoy to Argentina, Hadi Suleimanpour, was arrested on Thursday in connection with the bombing in 1994 of a Jewish community centre in Buenos Aires, which killed 85 people. His arrest in Durham, where he is a research assistant at the university, drew sharp protests from Iran, which has denied involvement in the bombing.

On Saturday, Tehran severed economic and cultural ties with Argentina, which last week ordered the ambassador's extradition and the arrest of seven other Iranians in connection with the bombing of the community centre.

But the row deepened yesterday when the Iranian President, Mohammad Khatami, demanded an apology from Britain and announced that the government would take "strong action". "What has happened has been politically motivated," he said. "There are currents behind the case trying to put the Islamic Republic under pressure by levelling baseless accusations and unfounded allegations against Tehran."

The British chargé d'affaires, Matthew Gould, who was summoned to the Iranian Foreign Ministry yesterday for the second time this weekend, told the Tehran authorities that the judicial process in Britain was independent of the government.

The Foreign Office refused further comment other than the statement made by Mr Gould.

The Foreign Secretary, Jack Straw, has visited Tehran four times in the past two years as part of efforts to end Iran's isolation. Mr Straw and the Iranian Foreign Minister, Kamal Kharrazi, have reportedly been in regular contact about the Suleimanpour case.

Argentina has stepped up its investigation into the 1994 bombing under the presidency of Nestor Kirchner. Last month he described the lack of progress in the bombing as a "national disgrace".

http://news.independent.co.uk/world/politics/story.jsp?story=436894
39 posted on 08/24/2003 3:56:32 PM PDT by DoctorZIn
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UK Rejects Iran's Call for Apology

August 25, 2003
Independent
Anne Penketh

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/news/969485/posts?page=39#39

"If you want on or off this Iran ping list, Freepmail me”
40 posted on 08/24/2003 3:57:41 PM PDT by DoctorZIn
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To: F14 Pilot
"Information Ministry, thanks to its recognition of the country's situation as well as the enemies' plots, is giving the glad ti dings that the Islamic Iran is stronger than any other time and prepared for a bright future."

Wow! I'm speechless...

42 posted on 08/24/2003 4:13:25 PM PDT by dixiechick2000 (All power corrupts. Absolute power is kinda neat though.)
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It appears they having hanging around the French too much.
43 posted on 08/24/2003 4:16:24 PM PDT by dixiechick2000 (All power corrupts. Absolute power is kinda neat though.)
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"The only way this battle can be fought is with the help of moderate Muslim scholars, he said, who have the authority and the prestige to challenge the militants."

I wish him well...

44 posted on 08/24/2003 4:20:51 PM PDT by dixiechick2000 (All power corrupts. Absolute power is kinda neat though.)
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Very good article...thank you.
45 posted on 08/24/2003 4:29:58 PM PDT by dixiechick2000 (All power corrupts. Absolute power is kinda neat though.)
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"The Iranian government will take strong action on this issue," the president said"

Heh...I think I'd hang on to him just to see what they do.

46 posted on 08/24/2003 4:33:23 PM PDT by dixiechick2000 (All power corrupts. Absolute power is kinda neat though.)
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Bump!
47 posted on 08/24/2003 4:34:27 PM PDT by dixiechick2000 (All power corrupts. Absolute power is kinda neat though.)
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"Britain yesterday ignored a call from the Iranian President for an apology following the arrest of a former ambassador."

I see they think like I do...

48 posted on 08/24/2003 4:37:46 PM PDT by dixiechick2000 (All power corrupts. Absolute power is kinda neat though.)
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Iran Threatens Britain

August 25, 2003
The Guardian
Dan De Luce

Iran threatened "strong action" and demanded an apology from Britain yesterday over the arrest of a former Iranian ambassador to Argentina who faces possible extradition in connection with a bombing in Buenos Aires.

Hadi Soleimanpour, 47, was arrested in Durham on Thursday over the AMIA Jewish community centre blast that killed 85 people in July 1994.

Mohammad Khatami, the president of Iran, condemned the arrest as a political attack but did not specify what actions his country would take.

"I declare from here that the British government will have to cease carrying on with this incorrect deed in a short period of time and apologise," he said in remarks broadcast by state television.

"What has happened has been politically motivated. There are forces and lobbies behind the case trying to put the Islamic republic under pressure by levelling baseless accusations and unfounded allegations against Tehran."

The British charge d'affaires in Tehran, Matthew Gould, was summoned to the foreign ministry yesterday for the second time in two days in a case that threatens to disrupt improving ties between the countries. British diplomats said that the foreign secretary, Jack Straw, and Iran's foreign minister, Kamal Kharrazi, had been in "regular contact".

Britain maintains that the court proceedings are outside the government's authority.

Tehran has cut cultural and economic ties with Argentina, which had exported items such as rice wheat and sunflower oil to Iran.

The extradition proceedings come at awkward time for Iran as it faces mounting pressure from the US and European Union over its nuclear programme, and protests from Canada over the beating to death of a photojournalist.

Since the election of Mr Khatami's reformist government, Iran has tried to shed its militant image and play down its links with groups opposed to Israel.

The conservative daily newspaper Kayhan yesterday called for the expulsion of the British ambassador, Richard Dalton, because of the detention of Mr Soleimanpour. If the reformist government failed to do so, the newspaper warned "the Islamic Iranian nation ... will act itself".

Mr Soleimanpour, who is studying in Durham, is one of several Iranian diplomats named as suspects by the Argentinian authorities.

Argentina, Israel and the US have long suspected Iran or Iranian-backed members of Hizbullah were behind the bombing. Iran withdrew its ambassador from Buenos Aires in March in protest.

Argentinian authorities tried former police officers accused of providing a van used by the bombers, who packed it full of explosives.

The former Argentinian president Carlos Menem has denied a report in the New York Times that alleged he took a bribe to cover up Iran's alleged role in the attack.

http://politics.guardian.co.uk/foreignaffairs/story/0,11538,1029027,00.html
49 posted on 08/24/2003 7:28:35 PM PDT by DoctorZIn
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Iran Threatens Britain

August 25, 2003
The Guardian
Dan De Luce

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/news/969485/posts?page=49#49

"If you want on or off this Iran ping list, Freepmail me”
50 posted on 08/24/2003 7:29:47 PM PDT by DoctorZIn
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