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Iranian Alert -- September 27, 2003 -- IRAN LIVE THREAD PING LIST
The Iranian Student Movement Up To The Minute Reports ^ | 9.27.2003 | DoctorZin

Posted on 09/27/2003 12:02:02 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


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2 posted on 09/27/2003 12:04:24 AM PDT by DoctorZIn
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I received this email an hour ago. Thought you might find it interesting. -- DoctorZin

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I am forwarding you an article regarding Hossein Khomeini's speech and interview on Friday in DC at the American Enterprise Institute. Michael Ledeen was the moderator and there was simultaneous translation from Persian to English (not so great) and then a lengthy q&a where Dr. Hormoz Hekmat translated (well done).

I saw this program which was taped on C-Span2 this evening and it was incredible!!! The simultaneous translator left much to be desired, but the q&a was incredible. As a friend of mine said, while watching, this man could be called Reza Shah Kabir's grand-son: straight talk, without 'shileh-pileh.'

Mr. Ledeen did the Iranian public a great service to get Hossein Khomeini seen and heard.

Hossein Khomeini should be on all the talk-shows and get the American public riled up - he could not have been clearer how involved the IRI regime is in terrorism and how much the people of Iran want change and are not anything close to these thugs. I am glad he had also had the chance to talk to other world leaders when he was in NY - I hope they got the message loud and clear: enough dealings with the IRI - back the Iranian people, down with the IRI !!!!!!

I believe nobody can understand the depth and breadth of this unless they were present there or at least saw and heard him on TV, as I did. This should be seen by all who still promote the so-called "reformists" within the IRI. They will be very disappointed...

Here is the article which is mild compared to the strength of the message from Hossein Khomeini and how well he was able to explain the utter despair of a nation stuck within a theocracy which they don't want. He advocated freedom and democracy, separation of religion from politics, he advocated the right of any religion or sect, be it made up of only 5 people, to have their rights, that there should be no particular State religion imposed on the people. He was asked who should lead and if Shahzadeh Reza Pahlavi had a chance - he said the field is open for the right leader, whoever it may be who wants to lead the country to freedom and democracy and away from misery and oppression.

Anyway, here is the article:

Posted on Fri, Sep. 26, 2003

Khomeini Kin Assails Fundamentalist Rule
GEORGE GEDDA
Associated Press

WASHINGTON -The grandson of the late Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini, symbol of Iran's Islamic revolution, said Friday his countrymen live in a depressed state that will persist until they are freed from strict fundamentalist rule.

Hossein Khomeini, who bears some resemblance to the man who launched the uprising against the pro-American shah's government 24 years ago, said the lack of organized resistance to the mullah-led system makes him pessimistic about the prospects for change in his homeland.

"The Iranian people want democracy," Khomeini said. "Religion and government cannot be one and the same."

Dressed in traditional Iranian garb, Khomeini spoke through a translator to a large gathering of Iranian exiles and American experts on Iran at the conservative American Enterprise Institute.

His grandfather's revolution overthrew a pro-Western monarchy and made Iran one of the world's most vigorously anti-American countries. "Death to America" rallies in Tehran and elsewhere were commonplace.

Ayatollah Khomeini died in 1989, but his revolution lives, with like-minded clerics making virtually all key decisions. Iranians elected a moderate president in 1997, but his powers have remained limited.

Hossein Khomeini, 45, spent time this past summer in Iraq, where he praised the U.S. ouster of Saddam Hussein's government and said he believes the Iranian people would accept American military intervention if no other way existed to achieve freedom.

"The U.S. invasion is really a blessing for the people of Iraq," he said. In contrast, he said, "Iranians are frustrated, not hopeful but lacking a movement to bring about their yearning to be free."

"The regime stifles the psyche and the soul, creating hateful individuals," he said.
3 posted on 09/27/2003 12:26:41 AM PDT by DoctorZIn
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Bush hosts Putin at Camp David

By Bill Sammon
THE WASHINGTON TIMES
9.27.2003

President Bush yesterday welcomed Russian President Vladimir Putin to Camp David, Md., where the two leaders planned to discuss Iraq's reconstruction and Iran's nuclear proliferation.

White House Press Secretary Scott McClellan said other topics on the agenda for the summit, which culminates in a press conference today, include the Middle East conflict, the war on terrorism and the spread of weapons of mass destruction.

Meanwhile, the White House signaled a willingness to compromise with Congress about the president's request for $20 billion to rebuild Iraq. Some lawmakers, including Republicans, are demanding the money be structured as loan guarantees, not an outright grant.

"We're continuing to fight for the package as we outlined it and as we presented it to Congress," Mr. McClellan said. "But, obviously, we recognize this is a process where we work together on it."

The $20 billion is part of the president's request for $87 billion to fight the war on terror for another year. Congress has not balked at the bulk of that request, about $67 billion for military operations in Iraq, Afghanistan and elsewhere.

Still, the administration is aggressively seeking funds and troops from other nations to relieve overstretched U.S. forces. Mr. Bush is expected to press Mr. Putin for support this weekend, even though Russia joined Germany and France in opposing the U.S.-led invasion of Iraq.

"There are times when we have some disagreements," Mr. McClellan said. "But he's not afraid to raise those issues."

The spokesman was also referring to the issue of Iran's nuclear proliferation.

The Bush administration has long accused Moscow of helping Iran develop a nuclear-weapons program. Russia has denied the charge, although it has made no attempt to hide its $800 million deal to build a nuclear reactor in Iran for the purpose of generating electricity.

The president told reporters on Thursday he would broach this topic with Mr. Putin. The timing is particularly critical because traces of weapons-grade uranium were recently found at a second site in Iran by inspectors from the United Nations' International Atomic Energy Agency.

The White House attempted to downplay friction between the two presidents on this topic. Mr. McClellan said the administration is encouraged that other nations have recently become concerned about an issue that the United States has been highlighting for years.

"The international community is coming together, recognizing the seriousness of Iran's pursuit of nuclear weapons," the spokesman said. "It's something that we have been talking about for quite a while, and now you have the rest of the international community recognizing it."

On the topic of Iraq, some analysts expect Mr. Putin to try to trade his support on reconstruction for a chance at lucrative contracts in Iraq. Russia is still smarting over the loss of revenue from the elimination of Iraq's oil-for-food program.

Also yesterday, the White House defended its $20 billion Iraqi reconstruction against suggestions that some of the funds would go to unnecessary luxuries, such as mail service.

"It helps bring about a civil, orderly, functioning society," Mr. McClellan said, noting that it was "one of the very first steps that we took here with our own Continental Congress back in 1775."

"It's important to bringing a new nation together, and supporting the growth of commerce, and ensuring the free flow of ideas and information, just like it was for America many years ago," he added.

http://washingtontimes.com/national/20030926-104931-2747r.htm

4 posted on 09/27/2003 12:31:29 AM PDT by DoctorZIn
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Al Qaida warning: U.S. has infiltrated our 'holy warriors'

SPECIAL TO WORLD TRIBUNE.COM
Friday, September 26, 2003
LONDON —

Al Qaida has warned its agents that they have been infiltrated by the United States.

An Al Qaida spokesman said the infiltration had been conducted by the United States in cooperation with unspecified Arab intelligence services.

"We warn of attempts to infiltrate the holy warriors in Iraq," the Al Qaida spokesman said. "There is a need to kill spies and make them an example for punishment after their presence and activities have been demonstrated."

The statement came in wake of the capture of several Al Qaida agents in the Sunni Triangle and Mosul area of Iraq, Middle East Newsline reported. The arrests have pointed to links between Al Qaida and loyalists of deposed President Saddam Hussein.

The statement was relayed by the London-based Center for Islamic Research and Studies.

This was the first time Al Qaida has acknowledged that its forces have been penetrated by Western agencies. Until now, Western intelligence analysts said the United States and its allies have failed to infiltrate the middle and senior ranks of the Islamic movement.

Al Qaida asserted that the penetration efforts first stemmed from Algeria. The statement by the unidentified spokesman said Algeria sent agents dressed as Islamic mujahadeen, or holy warriors, who identified themselves as members of the leading insurgency groups that operated in the North African country.

The latest appearance of spies in Al Qaida came from an unidentified Arab ally and neighbor of Iraq, the statement said. The Al Qaida infiltrators were detected several months ago and have infiltrated organization cells in Iraq.

Islamic sources close to Al Qaida said the reference was to Saudi Arabia. Over the last few months, thousands of Islamic volunteers have left Saudi Arabia for Iraq to participate in the Sunni insurgency war against the United States.

The United States was said to have placed tracking devices on the infiltrators to target Al Qaida cells in Iraq. The Al Qaida statement warned against accepting Islamic volunteers without screening them to ensure that they do not contain U.S. agents. Al Qaida said all Islamic volunteers must demonstrate a background in insurgency activities.

The Islamic sources said Al Qaida had suspected that the United States tried to infiltrate the upper echelons of the group after the suicide strikes in New York and Washington in September 2001. The sources said a U.S. air strike against the Al Qaida leadership in the Afghan city of Kandahar in October 2001 stemmed from information by a spy within Taliban.

http://www.worldtribune.com/worldtribune/breaking_7.html
5 posted on 09/27/2003 12:38:43 AM PDT by DoctorZIn
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Re# 3
It was better to ping all people about this story. Wasn't it?
6 posted on 09/27/2003 1:51:05 AM PDT by F14 Pilot
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Saturday, September 27, 2003. 4:40pm

Ayatollah Khomeini's grandson calls for US intervention in Iran
The grandson of Ayatollah Khomeini, the man who led the religious revolution in Iran, has called in the West to do more to support those who wish to end fundamentalist Islamic rule in the country.

Hossein Khomeini, himself a cleric, was speaking in Washington.

He says the Iranian people want freedom and believes they would accept foreign military intervention if it was the only way they could gain liberty from fundamentalism.

Mr Khomeini told an audience at the American Enterprise Institute, a conservative think-tank, that he welcomed the US action against Saddam Hussein in Iraq.

http://www.abc.net.au/news/newsitems/s955031.htm
7 posted on 09/27/2003 2:00:29 AM PDT by F14 Pilot
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Grandson of Iran's Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini Calls for Seperation of Mosque and State

Laurie Kassman
Washington
26 Sep 2003, 23:03 UTC

The grandson of the architect of Iran's Islamic Revolution was in Washington on Friday to talk about the need for reform in his homeland. His call for separation of mosque and state contradicts the philosophy of Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini whose revolution toppled Shah Reza Pahlevi in 1979.
Hossein Khomeini is related to Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini by blood but not by the policy he espouses. The young religious cleric says he grew disenchanted with his grandfather's Islamic republic about two years after it was established. The Iranian cleric Hossein Khomeini, who has the same piercing look as his grandfather, told a Washington audience the goals the revolution strived for have not been achieved.

"The important goal for the Iranian people in the revolution was the creation of democracy and political freedom," he said. "But after the victory of the revolution, as we all know, the goals were not achieved and there were no more freedoms in Iran. And, a greater and more ruthless dictatorship became prevalent in Iran and still goes on."

Mr. Khomeini says he disagrees with the idea of an Islamic government, suggesting the concentration of authority in a supreme religious leader contradicts Islamic practise.

"There should be reliance of course on the wishes of the people, at the same time on the edicts of Islamic text," he said. "There is no way to rule present communities in the Middle East except [by] the government of reason and rationality. And these forms of government we call democratic regimes. Democracy is compatible with all basic values of Shiism and Islamic law. And faith is free and individuals can follow a partiular religion or not as they wish."

Mr. Khomeini says he focused much of the past 25 years on religious studies at holy Shiite learning centers in Iran and Iraq. He does not explain why he has decided to start speaking out now but says Iranians are tired of the restrictions that have been imposed on them for the past quarter of a century and need change.

He says he strongly supports calls for a referendum on the issue of separation of mosque and state. "If the Iranian people vote for continuation of the Islamic Republic so much the better for the regime, they can breathe a sigh of relief and continue their governance. And, if not, if the people vote against them, they can retire in honor and probably as heroes because they have allowed the referendum," he said.

Mr. Khomeini, who is now residing in Iraq, says the United States needs to focus more attention on Iranian reform movements but he stops short of advocating a repeat of the U.S. military intervention in Iraq for his country.


http://www.voanews.com/article.cfm?objectID=51F45A91-CB17-41E4-9DD59F8C535BAB1A#
8 posted on 09/27/2003 2:04:42 AM PDT by F14 Pilot
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Although the re-call threads have commanded most of my attention, I always make time to read this thread and I appreciate you pings to me!
9 posted on 09/27/2003 2:16:25 AM PDT by onyx
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I have to appreciate you for staying with us... Thanks alot!
Now pay attention to this new article, please!
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Iran continues transparent cooperation with IAEA

Saturday, September 27, 2003

New York, Sept 27, IRNA -- Foreign Minister Kamal Kharrazi said that Iran will continue its positive and transparent cooperation with the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA).

Kharrazi made the remark during his separate meetings with his Tunisian, French and Spanish counterparts as well as European External Relations Commissioner Chris Patten on the sidelines of the 58th annual meeting of the UN General Assembly on Friday and Thursday evening.

In a meeting between Patten and Kharrazi, the two sides discussed bilateral ties between Iran and the European Union, recent meeting of the IAEA`s board of governors in Vienna and ongoing developments in Iraq.

"The Islamic Republic of Iran will continue its positive and transparent cooperation with the IAEA and is ready to strengthen working talks in order to promote trust and confidence," Kharrazi told his Spanish and French counterparts.

"Iran has no plan to produce nuclear weapons and the country`s nuclear activities are for peaceful use," he added. He said recent resolution passed by the IAEA against Iran is an indication of politicization of the country`s peaceful nuclear activities and this negative trend rose the concerns.

Kharrazi, in his meeting with his Tunisian counterpart Habib Ben Yahia, exchanged views on the Iraqi issue and the next summit of the Organization of the Islamic Conference (OIC) in Malaysia.

The Iranian minister and his entourage conferred here with the Iraqi delegation to the meeting on current developments in Iraq and the reconstruction of that country as well as issues regarding Iranian pilgrims and highlighted the need to accelerate the issue through participation of private sector.

http://www.iranmania.com/News/ArticleView/Default.asp?NewsCode=18280&NewsKind=Current%20Affairs
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11 posted on 09/27/2003 4:13:04 AM PDT by windchime
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12 posted on 09/27/2003 4:13:51 AM PDT by windchime
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Thanks for attention!
13 posted on 09/27/2003 4:36:54 AM PDT by F14 Pilot
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Khomeini's grandson was very impressive in his appearance at the American Enterprise Institute meeting held yesterday (I believe) and televised on C-Span. Hopefully, his presentation and rsponse to questions asked will be broadcast to the Iraqi people.
14 posted on 09/27/2003 4:47:44 AM PDT by gaspar
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Will check programming for C-Span re-run of the program. Sounds interesting.
15 posted on 09/27/2003 5:30:22 AM PDT by nuconvert
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Iraq, Iran to Top Bush-Putin Summit

WASHINGTON — Every time President Bush and Russian President Vladimir Putin meet, the difficult disagreements in the Washington-Moscow relationship — among the most delicate concerning Iraq, Iran and Chechnya — are pushed into the background.

No major public differences were expected Saturday when the two leaders faced reporters after two days of talks in the seclusion of the Camp David, Md., (search) presidential retreat.

Bush greeted Putin with a hug, a backslap, a handshake and smiles all around on a sunny fall afternoon Friday. "Glad you're here," he said, and then ferried the Russian president by golf cart into the wooded, rustic comfort of the mountain compound.

After meetings, dinner and more meetings the two planned to appear together before reporters at midday Saturday to close out their summit.

Topping their agenda, Bush aides said, were joint efforts to fight terrorism worldwide, the difficult search for peace between Israelis and Palestinians, the reconstruction of Iraq and prevention of the spread of weapons of mass destruction.

Nearly all those topics contain pitfalls.

Putin staunchly opposed the U.S. war in Iraq. He has also expressed distress over the continuing conflict and demanded a greater United Nations role in Iraq reconstruction than Bush wants before helping to share the burden there.

Russia's nuclear assistance to Iran, in which it has lucrative contracts to help to build an $800 million power plant in southern Iran, is also a sore point. The White House claims Russian technology is helping Tehran develop nuclear weapons and contribute to the proliferation of unconventional weapons. Russia, and Iran, insist the aid is going only for electricity production, and Putin has shown no willingness to give up the business.

With Putin seeing the Chechnya war as part of his own battle against terror, U.S. opposition to Moscow's ongoing military campaign against separatists there was softened after Putin offered support for the U.S.-led anti-terror campaign.

But last week, Deputy Assistant Secretary of State Steven Pifer warned the topic was among the most troubling issues facing the Camp David talks, comments that infuriated the Russians.

For his part, Putin has accused the United States of holding secret talks with rebel representative Zelimkhan Yandarbiyev, former president of Chechnya, who lives in Qatar.

But Bush and Putin have developed warm personal ties.

And the importance of the post-Sept. 11 relationship with Russia continues to dominate, leading to a greater focus on common ground than on the divides. Bush spokesman Scott McClellan alluded to that calculation on Friday.

"There is a new strategic relationship with Russia that the two presidents have worked together to develop," McClellan said. "We are partnering in a number of areas to address our shared challenges."

For instance, the spokesman wouldn't say whether Bush would bring up the troublesome topic of Putin's crackdown on independent media. He also wouldn't predict whether Bush would ask for specific troop or financial commitments in Iraq.

"Let's let the meeting take place," he said in both cases.

Russia's oil resources are an area of potential cooperation. U.S. officials see rising Russian oil exports as an alternative to volatile Middle Eastern supplies.

Another area where the administration has tried to satisfy Moscow are the so-called Jackson-Vanick restrictions, imposed in 1974 to expedite the emigration of Jews from the Soviet Union to Israel. Bush has asked Congress to lift them as vestiges of the Cold War, though lawmakers have not acted because of disputes over the Iraq war and U.S. poultry exports.

In a visit Friday to the New York Stock Exchange, Putin criticized the restrictions. "It is obvious that this causes damage to our relationship," he said.

But the thorny disputes remain, even if played down in public.

Administration officials said Bush would renew U.S. objections to Russia's nuclear assistance to Iran.

Putin told American reporters in Moscow last weekend that Russia planned to go ahead and sign contracts for the Bushehr nuclear plant in southern Iran. "If Iran is not striving to develop nuclear weapons, it has nothing to hide. I see no grounds for refusing to sign these (documents)," he said.

On Iraq, Putin has ruled out sending Russian troops as peacekeepers, but may offer limited helps as advisers, perhaps as police trainers, analysts suggested.

http://www.foxnews.com/story/0,2933,98472,00.html
16 posted on 09/27/2003 5:54:52 AM PDT by F14 Pilot (Never Trust A Mullah... No way!)
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BUMP!
17 posted on 09/27/2003 6:02:10 AM PDT by Pan_Yans Wife ("Life isn't fair. It's fairer than death, is all.")
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Hossein Khomeini has his head screwed on right ~ good man!
18 posted on 09/27/2003 7:20:21 AM PDT by blackie
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Iran woman awaits execution

Brian Whitaker
Saturday September 27, 2003
The Guardian

An Iranian woman is about to be executed for killing a police chief who allegedly tried to rape her, Amnesty International said yesterday.
Afsaneh Nouroozi, 32, was reportedly arrested six years ago after killing the head of police intelligence in Kish, southern Iran.

At her trial she said that she had acted in self-defence. Her lawyer cited an article of Iran's Islamic criminal law that allows citizens to take "proportionate" action to defend "life, honour, chastity, property or freedom" when it is impractical to summon help from the authorities.

Nouroozi was nevertheless sentenced to death, and the sentence is reported to have been upheld by the supreme court last month. The only person able to grant clemency at this stage is the supreme leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei. Amnesty believes the execution is imminent.

The case has aroused controversy because of implications for women's rights.

The 83 people reportedly executed in Iran so far this year have been male. At least five women were executed last year, four for killing their husbands.

http://www.guardian.co.uk/iran/story/0,12858,1050686,00.html
19 posted on 09/27/2003 7:23:29 AM PDT by F14 Pilot (Never Trust A Mullah... No way!)
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20 posted on 09/27/2003 7:28:22 AM PDT by blackie
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EU FMs to postpone decision on ties with Iran

Brussels, Sept 27, IRNA -- The European Union council of foreign ministers on Monday is to discuss EU-Iran relations, but a decision to review a future trade and cooperation agreement between the two sides has been postponed until October, said EU sources.

EU foreign ministers in July issued a statement saying they will assess relations with Iran in September following a second report from the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) on Iran`s nuclear programme.

But a recent IAEA deadline to Tehran till end of October has delayed the council`s original timescale. Ministers are due to discuss ties with Iran over lunch, against the background of negotiations on trade and co-operation together with other issues such as human rights, non-proliferation, the fight against terrorism and the Middle East peace process.

The council is expected to welcome Iran`s cooperation with the IAEA, but will repeat calls on Tehran to sign the additional protocol to the NPT without any delay.

http://www.iranmania.com/News/ArticleView/Default.asp?NewsCode=18283&NewsKind=Current%20Affairs
21 posted on 09/27/2003 7:30:56 AM PDT by F14 Pilot (Never Trust A Mullah... No way!)
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Revolution ~ Now!
22 posted on 09/27/2003 7:42:05 AM PDT by blackie
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Thanks for the heads up!
23 posted on 09/27/2003 7:42:06 AM PDT by Alamo-Girl
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New academic year begin in Iran

Tehran, Sept 27 - President Mohammad Khatami stressed on Saturday that universities were not venues for riots, imitation and violence because such behaviors run counter to the true essence of scholarship.

The president made the remark in a ceremony held in Tehran University Saturday morning to mark the first day of the new academic year in Iranian higher education center.

He noted that exercising violence against universities by outside circles will harm both universities and Iranian society besides poisoning the community.

Stressing that universities and students must safeguard their independence and stay clear of any kind of circles, institutions and movements imposed on them from outside the universities, the president warned "the government and its members including me, to respect the independence, freedom of thought and spirit of seeking scientific and social dynamism in the universities."

Pointing out that "no fair people are happy with what has happened to our universities in the past years," Khatami termed it catastrophe to brand student movements and their demands, even if they are expressed in the forms of protests and criticism, as crimes."

He further remarked that Iran was at the present juncture experiencing a new phenomenon which had no precedence in the world and said this makes it necessary for people to tolerate one another and try to go through this stage safely by institutionalizing the rule of law and democracy.

The president went on to point out that the Iranian society has been witnessing a conflict between tradition and modernism in the past century.

He said insisting on the obsolete thoughts of the past people and thinkers without taking into consideration the demands of the time and imitating the life of others are among the problems facing the society over the past century.

He further referred to democracy as the historic demand of the Iranian nation and said the Iranians have been seeking "independence, freedom and progress" for the past one hundred years.

During the ceremony, President Khatami also awarded 22 top students who ranked first to third in the recent university entrance exams held in five different scientific categories early in July this year.

http://www.iribnews.com/Full_en.asp?news_id=189036
24 posted on 09/27/2003 7:55:25 AM PDT by F14 Pilot (Detective Zereshki Is There !)
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This new Academic year can bring students together again and they will continue their movement, and we will be able to hear more news from inside the Iranian universities too.
25 posted on 09/27/2003 7:58:00 AM PDT by F14 Pilot (Detective Zereshki Is There !)
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Persian Countdown Begins

September 27, 2003
The Ottawa Citizen
David Warren

U.S., West left with no stomach for brinkmanship

This was Sacred Defence Week in Iran. There was a big parade Monday in Tehran, to show off such hardware as the country's Shihab-3 intermediate range missile. It is a variant of North Korea's wonderfully named "No-Dong," and we got to see half a dozen of them. Among things we didn't see were the new, solid-fuel Fateh-110, first tested last year. The Iranians are now working on extending its range.

Among even less visible things, the UN's International Atomic Energy Agency continues to find traces of enriched -- which is to say, "weapons grade" -- uranium, most recently at the Kalay-e Electric Co., just south of Tehran. Earlier this year, they found traces at the more remote site of Nantanz. It would be hard not to conclude from this that Iran now has an capacity to produce nuclear weapons.

The Iranian explanation of this is as rich as the uranium traces. They say their centrifuges were bought on the black market in the 1980s (apparently from Pakistan); that they've never actually tested the things themselves with nuclear material -- and so maybe somebody else did before them.

It is at this point that Canadians need reminding of the various official Iranian explanations of the death of Zahra Kazemi. The most recent line fed to our cherubic foreign minister (when he collared Iran's foreign minister at the UN) is that there will be some sort of trial of one of her Iranian interrogators, who now stands officially accused of what the laws of that land call "semi-intentional murder." Having previously heard everything from a candid admission that Ms. Kazemi was fully-intentionally murdered, to claims that she "unintentionally died," along with much bluster about how it was none of our business, I'm surprised we even ask for Iranian government explanations.

It is the same on nuclear weapons. One ayatollah (Khamenei) says Iran wouldn't dream of developing nuclear weapons; another (Rafsanjani) says the moment it has them it will nuke Israel. Moreover, the combination of aggressive bluster with the pose of baffled ingénue is endemic to the region. Only a country that allows full access to anything by international inspectors can be beyond suspicion.

This is the problem David Kay and his team of 1,400 weapons inspectors in Iraq is still dealing with. There is no possible doubt Iraq had illegal weapons at least until 1999, and plenty of documentary evidence has been discovered within the country's security archives referring to specific continuing programs. But other documentary evidence suggests Saddam was also trying to conceal, not the weapons but the fact he didn't really have anything especially lethal. The links between Saddam and international terror are becoming clearer, but even there we are still trying to penetrate the fog.

We know, however, what can come out of the fog. Examples were the attacks on New York City and Washington two years ago.

In the delightfully understated words of the chief of the Israeli defence staff, Moshe Ya'alon, referring back to Iran, "the combination of a non-conventional regime with non-conventional weapons is a concern."

According to several sources, Israel has a plan to make an Osirak-style first strike against Iran's nuclear weapons capacity. (I should think that would require a multiple strike.) We cannot doubt the Pentagon has its own scheme, if needed. The IAEA has given Iran until Oct. 31st to make the kind of complete and honest accounting of its illegal weapons program that Saddam Hussein was once asked to provide, and so we also have a countdown.

What we probably do not have any more is the political will to act.

Saddam Hussein's behaviour -- his track record with weapons of mass destruction in combination with his known ways of conducting business -- made dealing definitively with Iraq the strategic equivalent of a "no-brainer." But not even that could be done, except over the objections of a substantial part of even the democratically-elected world community. The ayatollahs of Iran are in the happier position of being openly courted by France, Germany, even Britain.

The Bush administration intends to pursue the matter through the Security Council, where it has even less prospect of inspiring decisive international action than it had over Iraq. And whereas Israel might suddenly act on her own, out of her own desire for physical survival, the Israelis have established a track record for empty threats. (The recent, quite serious one against Yasser Arafat seems to have been all but retracted.)

It is not strictly necessary to prevent Iran, or North Korea for that matter, from acquiring and deploying nuclear weapons, or stop them from continuing their trade in equipment and know-how with the world's terrorists, and other thug regimes. We could just wait and see what the consequences will be. The worst that could happen is the sudden loss of a few Western cities, followed, I'd assume, by an unrestricted conflagration along the lines of Armageddon.

But what's that against the danger of ruffling more feathers at the UN?

My sense is that neither the Bush administration nor any other has, after the international response before, during and after the invasion of Iraq, any stomach left for serious brinkmanship; and that U.S. domestic politics have also enquagmired President Bush. I am fairly certain that, at least, this is the Iranian (and the North Korean) view.

http://www.canada.com/ottawa/ottawacitizen/story.asp?id=65BDBE50-6F2F-499E-BD6C-517BFDC271DA
26 posted on 09/27/2003 8:42:32 AM PDT by DoctorZIn
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Iran's Imports from EU - One Month

September 27, 2003
Islamic Republic of Iran Broadcasting
IRIB News

Tehran -- Over 237,800 tons of non-oil commodities valued at 652 million dollars were exported to Iran from member states of the European Union in the month of Mordad of 1382 (July 23- August 22).

According to Iran's customs administration, the figures for imports show a 27 million dollar increase compared to the figures for the similar period of previous year (1381) which stood at 625 million dollar.

Iran imported over 205,700 tons of goods from the EU member states in the month of Mordad of the previous year.

The value of Iran's imports from Germany stood at 212,685 million dollars over the same period this year which had the lions's share in Iranian imports from the EU member states.

Over 55,800 tons of goods valued at 238,400 million dollars were exported to Iran from Germany in Mordad of 1381.

Germany, France, Italy, England and Sweden are major exporters to Iran.

http://www.iribnews.com/Full_en.asp?news_id=189016
27 posted on 09/27/2003 8:43:35 AM PDT by DoctorZIn
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27/03

Foreign investment in Iran up by 70 percent over past 5 months

The total amount of foreign investment made in Iran`s economy over a period of five months starting March 21 reached as much as 836 million dollars, showing a growth of 70 percent compared to the past 12 months, IRNA reported from Tehran.

The Persian-language newspaper `Kar-o Karegar` on Saturday reported that 23 foreign investment projects had been launched in the Islamic Republic over the period, and that 78 percent of the investments had been made in such fields as chemicals, oil products, rubber and plastics and basic metal industries.

Kar-o Karegar quoted a report by Iran`s Center for Analyzing News on Privatization as stressing that foreign investors had invested over 650 million dollars in the said fields.

The center reported that Italy`s MCC S.P.A. has had the highest share of investment in Iran`s industries over the period by investing about 300 million dollars in the development of Phase 2 of the Almahdi Aluminum Complex as buy-back deals.

It also stressed that India has launched the highest number of investment projects in the Islamic Republic with a total investment of 5.5 million dollars. Germany and Turkey follow India in the second and third places.

The center further stressed that the British American Tobacco (BAT) has invested 34 million dollars for producing cigarettes in Tehran over the same period.

It also added that Turkey is constructing a plant in Iran`s East Azerbaijan Province for producing jeans, stressing that the project is worth 2.2 million dollars.

Furthermore, the center reported, Liberia has made an investment of six million dollars in a project to construct oil storage facilities in Iran to become the first African state to make a major investment in Iranian economy.

http://www.payvand.com/news/03/sep/1170.html
28 posted on 09/27/2003 9:21:35 AM PDT by F14 Pilot (Detective Zereshki Is There !)
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"...president warned "the government and its members including me, to respect the independence, freedom of thought and spirit of seeking scientific and social dynamism in the universities."

Instead of arresting the students?
That would be a welcome change.

"democracy,...independence,... freedom..."
29 posted on 09/27/2003 9:56:27 AM PDT by nuconvert (Don't think about it, just do it..........)
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Students are intending to carry more protest actions.

SMCCDI (Information Service)
Sep 27, 2003

Students bowed Mohamad Khatami, the regime's president, as he was fixing to leave the Alameh Amini Auditorium of Tehran University.

The cold and protestful reception, by the students, of the regime's head followed his speech, under high security measures and in presence of selected people, marking the begining of the Universities Starting Year.

Students are intending to carry more protest actions in this started year and are no more contenting to simple demands.

The first wide scale action is planned for Monday.

http://www.daneshjoo.org/generalnews/article/publish/article_2588.shtml
30 posted on 09/27/2003 11:22:45 AM PDT by DoctorZIn
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US troops arrest 200 Iranians entering in Iraq

AFP - World News
Sep 27, 2003

BAGHDAD- US forces arrested 200 Iranians entering in Iraq from border areas and gave them to the Iraqi police custody, a foreign TV channel reported on Saturday. They had entered in Iraq for pilgrimage to the holy places in the country.

Number of Iranians entering in Iraq were enhanced in the post-Saddam regime period, reports said. Three to four hundred Iranian citizens cross Iraq border daily, a US army official said.

US troops at the Iraq-Iran border have arrested 15000 Iranians in last few weeks and forced them to return back.

http://www.daneshjoo.org/generalnews/article/publish/article_2585.shtml
31 posted on 09/27/2003 11:24:16 AM PDT by DoctorZIn
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Bush, Putin Urge Iran to Abandon Nukes

Bush, Russian Leader Vladimir Putin Urge Iran, North Korea to Abandon Nuclear Weapons Programs

The Associated Press
ABC News
9.27.2003

CAMP DAVID, Md. Sept. 27 — President Bush and Russian President Vladimir Putin called on Iran and North Korea on Saturday to stop their suspected nuclear weapons programs.
The leaders, standing by each other at a news conference after two days of talks, also said they looked forward to building a free, democratic Iraq despite differences over the U.S.-led war.

Bush, speaking about Iran, said, "We share a goal and that is to make sure that Iran doesn't have any nuclear weapon or a nuclear weapons program."

The United States and Russia, he said, "also understand that we need to work together to persuade Iran to abandon any ambitions she may have.

"What's important is we understand that its in our national interests to insure that Iran doesn't develop a nuclear weapon," Bush said.

Putin said the United States and Russia wanted to send "a clear but respectful signal to Iran" to increase its cooperation with the world agency that oversees nuclear nonproliferation.

http://abcnews.go.com/wire/Politics/ap20030927_495.html
32 posted on 09/27/2003 11:28:18 AM PDT by DoctorZIn
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Bush, Putin Urge Iran to Abandon Nukes

Bush, Russian Leader Vladimir Putin Urge Iran, North Korea to Abandon Nuclear Weapons Programs

The Associated Press
ABC News
9.27.2003

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/news/990484/posts?page=32#32
33 posted on 09/27/2003 11:29:04 AM PDT by DoctorZIn
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Iran, Renault-Nissan to Sign Deal

September 27, 2003
Islamic Republic of Iran Broadcasting
IRIB News

Iran has finalized a deal with the auto giant Renault-Nissan to launch a joint platform for producing `L-90' cars and will sign a deal to that effect in late October, the press reported here on Saturday.

The Persian-language newspaper `Iran' quoted the President of Iran's Industrial Development and Renovation Organization (IDRO) Reza Veisseh as saying that IDRO would sign the deal after it has completed examination of the legal aspects involved.

Veisseh said that IDRO would sign another deal with the Renault-Nissan for implementing the joint venture which is expected to come on stream next summer.

He also said that the venture would eventually lead to the establishment of a French-Iranian company with a share basis of 51 percent for the IDRO and 49 percent for the Renault-Nissan.

Veisseh said IDRO and Renault-Nissan will work out a contract to grant the production license of `L-90' cars to the French-Iranian company, adding that the company accordingly in an agreement would transfer the license to two Iranian giant auto producers of Iran Khodro and Saipa.

He added that Iran Khodro and Saipa will be authorized to provide the after-sale services for the `L-90' cars.

The French-Iranian company will be commissioned to establish a site to launch the platform for producing the L-90s.

It will also be commissioned to provide all parts of the platform for Iran Khodro and Saipa.

http://www.iribnews.com/Full_en.asp?news_id=189023
35 posted on 09/27/2003 2:35:42 PM PDT by DoctorZIn
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Pirelli to Supply High-tech Fiber Optic Cable to Link Kuwait and Iran

September 26, 2003
Engineering UK
engineering-uk.co.uk

Milan -- Emirates Telecommunications & Marine Services FZE (e-marine) in the United Arab Emirates has awarded Pirelli the contract for supplying submarine and land fiber optic cables, terminal transmission equipment and accessories for a prestigious project which will link Kuwait City with Ganeveh in Iran.

The new cable system will enable the transmission of voice, data and multimedia broadband services.

The project is for Pirelli the first fiber-optic link in the region and is expected to strongly support economic development of the region through the diffusion of connectivity and telecommunication services.

The contract foresees the manufacturing and laying of a 350 kilometers long fiber-optic submarine system – plus a 50 kilometers long terrestrial system - capable with an ultimate transmission capacity of 10 Gigabit/second on 4 channels, equivalent to more than 160 thousand simultaneous phone calls.

“This link shall prove to be an important milestone and pave the way for tremendous growth of telecommunication in the region”, Mauro Sacchetto, Managing Director of Pirelli Submarine Telecom Systems commented. “Pirelli won a tough contest prevailing over many major technology suppliers worldwide”.

Ministry of Communications of Kuwait and Telecommunication Company of Iran are the work owners. Pirelli will incorporate the most advanced DWDM (Dense Wavelength Division Multiplexing) submarine optical transmission technology. The initially equipped capacity of the unrepeatered link – which will use Pirelli cables with G654 fibers – will be 2.5 Gigabit/second, upgradable in accordance with future traffic requirements.

The link will be completed by second quarter 2004 and foresees also three branches to Failakah (Kuwait) and Kharg (Iran) islands and to an Iranian offshore oil platform. Pirelli will supply three branching units, sophisticated optical equipment that allow for data transmission on this kind of systems.

Optical cable will be manufactured by Pirelli at its Italian facility in Arco Felice (Neaples), the excellence center of the Group for these applications, while equipment will be manufactured in Paderno Dugnano (Milan).

http://www.engineering-uk.co.uk/eng_news.taf?_function=detail&_record=22850&_UserReference=43F75FE02C1A089EC32063B8&_start=1
36 posted on 09/27/2003 2:36:21 PM PDT by DoctorZIn
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U.S. Army Turns Over Policing of Iraq-Iran Frontier to Iraqis

September 27, 2003
The Associated Press
MSNBC News

Muntheria Border Crossing, Iraq -- The U.S. Army for the first time Saturday gave Iraq's provisional government responsibility for patrolling a stretch of the country's borders — a sensitive, 210-mile region of forbidding desert frontier between Iraq and Iran.

The transfer was significant, because it comes as the U.S.-led coalition faces pressure to give Iraqis more control over their affairs. And security here is crucial: The border is a popular crossing point for illegal Iranian pilgrims en route to Shiite holy sites, raising fears that al-Qaida or other terrorists could sneak through in disguise.

Calling it an ''important day for the Iraqi people,'' Col. Michael Moody, commander of the 4th Infantry's 4th Brigade, formally handed patrol duties in area to Iraqi Col. Nazim Shareef Mohammed.

Part of an American drive to ease the burden on thinly stretched U.S. soldiers, the switch marked the first time since the fall of Saddam Hussein that Iraqis have been given policing authority over an entire border region. The American occupation forces now have only an advisory role.

''This is a great example of new Iraqi security forces taking control,'' Moody said. ''Each day the border becomes more secure. This is good news for the Iraqi people and the coalition.''

The frontier includes a craggy, mountainous region — some of the most treacherous terrain in Iraq — and temperatures often surpass 122 degrees. It runs from the edges of Kurdish-controlled territory in northern Iraq to a point just southeast of Baghdad, encompassing nearly all of Delay province, one of three under 4th Infantry control.

''If this experiment is successful in Diyalia province, then it is an example for all of Iraq,'' declared Lt. Col. Reggie Allen, commanding officer of the 4th Infantry Division's 1st Squadron, 10th Cavalry, standing just near the border.

Mohammed's 1,178-strong force is made up of Arabs, Kurds and Turks. ''We are unique,'' said Mohammed, a Kurd. ''This is an important day for us because we officially take over this highly sensitive border.''

U.S. soldiers started training the Iraqi border forces in May, in sessions that touched on human rights of detainees as well as searches for Islamic militants or suicide bombers of the Iraqi resistance, trying to blend in with pilgrims.

With no diplomatic relations between Iran and Iraq, many Iranians try to cross at a point about 75 miles east of Baghdad on their way to Najaf and Karbala — the most-sacred cities for Shiites after Mecca and Medina.

Allen said his 4th Infantry forces, equipped with armored vehicles and scout helicopters, have stopped more than 14,000 illegal pilgrims since the end of August.

The pilgrims often trek for two or three days through the wasteland to reach a highway just inside Iraq, hoping to hook up with smugglers who charge them up to $30 to drive them south to the two cities. They are often robbed by the people offering to drive them.

''The word is out in Iran that Iraq is free,'' Allen said. ''For years, Saddam Hussein did not allow them into the country. Now, they mass themselves in groups sometimes as large as 1,000 and cross. Some die of dehydration as they cross.''

When border forces catch them, the Iranians are held in a collection facility, screened and returned home.

Lt. Col. Vince Price, who runs part of the border with Allen, said border guards recently stopped two Afghans with Taliban identification cards. The Afghans were released, but Price said it was a sign of the close cooperation between the Iraqi border police and U.S. Army.

http://famulus.msnbc.com/FamulusIntl/ap09-27-093709.asp?reg=MIDEAST
37 posted on 09/27/2003 2:37:11 PM PDT by DoctorZIn
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Iranian Militia seize 14,000 Satellite Dishes

September 27, 2003
AFP
Yahoo News

TEHRAN -- Iran's volunteer Bassij militia have seized 14,000 satellite dishes from four workshops near Tehran.

A group of 15 men were arrested from workshops located in the city of Shahriar, southwest of Tehran, and the city of Varamin, southeast of the capital, the Jaam-e-Jam newspaper reported here Saturday, giving no further details.

On September 20, Iran's volunteer Bassij militia seized 2,000 satellite dishes from a workshop near Tehran.

Use and possession of satellite dishes are banned in the Islamic republic, punishable by fines and jail terms.

Iranian hardliners denounce foreign satellite broadcasts for trampling on Islamic values and say they are used increasingly by exiled opposition groups, especially those based in Los Angeles, California, to stir anti-government unrest.

But according to official estimates about three million households have access to satellite television, while security forces have in recent years only managed to seize 70,000 sets.

On January 21, the Council of Guardians, a conservative-controlled legislative watchdog, rejected a bill approved by the reformist parliament that would have allowed limited access to satellite television.

Meanwhile, two Iranian men identified only as Sattar A. and Hani L. were sentenced to 91 days in prison and 35 lashes each for trading in pornographic compact discs, said a statement from the southwestern Khuzestan province's judiciary.

Pornography is banned in the Islamic republic.

http://story.news.yahoo.com/news?tmpl=story&u=/afp/20030927/tc_afp/iran_media_satellite_030927143145
38 posted on 09/27/2003 2:38:09 PM PDT by DoctorZIn
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Iranian Militia seize 14,000 Satellite Dishes

September 27, 2003
AFP
Yahoo News

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/news/990484/posts?page=38#38
39 posted on 09/27/2003 2:38:49 PM PDT by DoctorZIn
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Kazemi Murder Enquiry Farce Continues

September 26, 2003
Reporters Without Borders
RSF

Reporters Without Borders today deplored the conclusion of a judge investigating the murder of Canadian-Iranian journalist Zahra Kazemi that no state body was behind the killing and that it was simply the work of a single intelligence ministry agent who interrogated her. It repeated its call for an independent enquiry including international experts.

The judge, Javad Esmaeli, attached to the office of the hardline Teheran prosecutor, Said Mortazavi, presented his report on 22 September, blaming the unnamed agent, who has been charged with her "semi-intentional" murder, implying that he hit Kazemi without intending to kill her.

"We are very suspicious of this report, conducted under the authority of Judge Mortazavi, who has been implicated in this affair," said Reporters Without Borders secretary-general Robert Ménard. "We hope that parliament's Article 90 Committee (which investigates public complaints against government bodies) will publish its own conclusions without making any compromises."

"What does the Esmaeli report mean ? Kazemi was held for 77 hours, during which she passed from the prosecutor's office, to the police and then the intelligence ministry. The commission of enquiry set up by reformist President Mohammad Khatami said she was "beaten" during the first few hours. How can Judge Esmaeli come to such a different conclusion ? Why has only one person been charged ? How did this person hit Kazemi without his superior knowing ? How can no civilian or military official not have known she was beaten ?" Ménard said.

Canadian foreign minister Bill Graham met his Iranian counterpart, Kamal Kharrazi, on 23 September and was assured that Canadian officials and Kazemi's family could take part in the trial, whose date has not been set. Reporters Without Borders hopes that neither the Iranian nor the Canadian government will accept Judge Esmaeli's conclusions and that a thorough investigation will establish the identity of all those responsible for Kazemi's death.

The case has become a political football between the reformists around President Khatami and the hardliners led by the country's Supreme Guide, Ali Khamenei, thus preventing a proper enquiry. The intelligence ministry, which is close to the reformists, reacted angrily to the charging of one of its officials and reiterated a threat to release evidence pointing a finger at Judge Mortazavi's office.

Kazemi, who lived in Canada, was arrested on 23 June this year as she took pictures of prisoners' families in front of Teheran's Evin prison. She died on 10 July from a brain haemorrhage caused by her beating in detention. After officials tried to cover up the cause of her death, Vice-President Ali Abtahi admitted on 16 July she had been beaten.

Her body was hastily buried on 22 July despite the request of her mother, who lives in Iran, for the body to be repatriated to Canada. The request has since been repeated by Kazemi's son and the Canadian authorities.

http://www.rsf.org/article.php3?id_article=8092
40 posted on 09/27/2003 2:39:30 PM PDT by DoctorZIn
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"Reporters Without Borders today deplored the conclusion of a judge investigating the murder of Canadian-Iranian journalist Zahra Kazemi that no state body was behind the killing and that it was simply the work of a single intelligence ministry agent who interrogated her."

Everyone knows who's responsible. (and he doesn't work for the Intelligence Ministry)
41 posted on 09/27/2003 4:20:03 PM PDT by nuconvert ( Stop thinking about it, just do it.)
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Iranian agents flood into Iraq posing as pilgrims and traders
By Philip Sherwell in Najaf and Jessica Berry
(Filed: 28/09/2003)


Iran has dispatched hundreds of agents posing as pilgrims and traders to Iraq to foment unrest in the holy cities of Najaf and Kerbala, and the lawless frontier areas.

Teheran's hardline regime has also allowed extremist fighters from Ansar al-Islam, a terror faction with close links to al-Qa'eda, to cross back into Iraq from its territory to join the anti-American resistance.

The Pentagon believes that Iran is building a bridgehead of activists inside Iraq, ready to destabilise the country if that serves its future interests. So concerned is the coalition about Teheran's activities that it is recruiting former agents from the Iranian section of Saddam Hussein's notorious mukhabarat (intelligence) to help to counter Iran's influence in the predominantly Shia south and east of Iraq.

"They are provoking sectarian divisions, inciting people against the Americans and trying to foment conflict and anarchy," said Abdulaziz al-Kubaisi, a former Iraqi major who was jailed by Saddam and is now a senior official in the Iraqi National Congress.

"The last thing that certain elements in the regime want is to see a stable democratic and pluralistic Iraq next door, so they are trying to export trouble here," said a leading official in another Iraqi party.

Although Iran's president is a political moderate, true power remains in the hands of the fundamentalist clergy. At a time when Iran is facing domestic discontent over the slow progress of democratic reform and mounting international pressure over its nuclear programme, hardline elements believe that instability in Iraq will distract attention from the regime's problems.

The National Council of Resistance in Iran, an opposition group, claims that some translators working for the United States forces are reporting back to Teheran. It also says that its informants within the regime have supplied details of senior Iranian intelligence commanders who are operating inside Iraq.

Paul Bremer, the American head of the Coalition Provisional Authority, has already accused Iran of "meddling" in Iraq's internal affairs and backing some attacks on American forces.

On Friday, he confirmed that several hundred members of Ansar, which set up a Taliban-style mini-state in Kurdish-controlled territory in 2001, had re-entered Iraq. "They are a very dangerous group," he said in Washington. "The flow of terrorists into Iraq is the biggest obstacle to the reconstruction of the country."

Mr Bremer revealed that US forces are holding 19 al-Qaeda suspects among 248 non-Iraqi fighters captured in Iraq. Most came from Syria, but the second largest group were Iranians.

At the start of the war to topple Saddam, Kurdish militia and US special forces had crushed Ansar's 750-strong force of Arabs, Pakistanis, Chechens and Kurds. About 250 Ansar fighters were killed and another 100 captured, but Iran's military turned a blind eye as the rest escaped across the mountainous border.

Most have returned to the violent flashpoints west and north of Baghdad, according to US military officials, Kurdish political leaders and former mukhabarat officers.

Ansar adheres to the same extremist Sunni Muslim interpretation of Islam as al-Qa'eda. Although Iran follows the alternative Shia version of Islam, its hardline military rulers have allowed Ansar to regroup and return to Iraq because they share its anti-American cause.

Iran has also taken advantage of its largely unpoliced border with Iraq - a 210-mile stretch of which was yesterday turned over to an American-trained police force by the US Army - to deploy agents who are building networks of spies.

One Iraqi of ethnic Iranian origin, who returned to Najaf after 23 years in Iran and who has contacts with Teheran's intelligence services, told The Telegraph that he has seen many Iranian agents mingling with visitors to the city.

Last week, many of the visiting pilgrims were speaking Farsi (Persian). Long-banned pictures of Ayatollah Khomeini, the leader of the Islamic revolution in Iran in 1979, are once again on sale in the markets of the town where he spent part of his early exile.

The returning Iraqi exile said that several agents from the political wing of the Revolutionary Guards had been deployed to Najaf, some operating within the Supreme Council for Islamic Revolution in Iraq, one of the "Big Five" political parties.

Iran denies the allegations of interference or sending agents to Iraq, saying that it has already recognised the Governing Council (the US-installed Shia-dominated transitional authority).

The Iranian opposition, however, says that the Quds force of the regime's Revolutionary Guards, which specialises in foreign operations, commands the loyalty of key commanders within the Badr Brigade, the Iranian-trained militia army of the SCIRI.

• American troops uncovered a large weapons cache yesterday at a farm near Saddam's birthplace, Tikrit, including 23 Russian-made surface-to-air missiles and a huge quantity of explosives used in the homemade bombs that have killed numerous American soldiers in the area.

A tip led troops to the cache, buried in a river bank near the village of Uja. It included 1,000lb of plastic explosives, four rocket-propelled grenade launchers and 115 rockets, a mortar and 40 mortar rounds, 1,300 blasting caps and 423 hand grenades.

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/main.jhtml?xml=/news/2003/09/28/wirq28.xml&sSheet=/portal/2003/09/28/ixportal.html
42 posted on 09/27/2003 5:04:34 PM PDT by Pan_Yans Wife ("Life isn't fair. It's fairer than death, is all.")
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Bump!
43 posted on 09/27/2003 5:09:10 PM PDT by windchime
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The first wide scale action is planned for Monday.

May God protect them, and increase their numbers.

44 posted on 09/27/2003 5:13:49 PM PDT by Pan_Yans Wife ("Life isn't fair. It's fairer than death, is all.")
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An Iranian woman is about to be executed for killing a police chief who allegedly tried to rape her

Where are NOW and Hitlery! with their calls for regime change?

Oh, that's right, in the enlightened, emancipated United States, firing at the leader of the Free World.

45 posted on 09/27/2003 5:38:16 PM PDT by PhilDragoo (Hitlery: das Butch von Buchenvald)
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Hard-liners Defy UN Nuclear Deadline

September 27, 2003
The Associated Press
The Globe and Mail

Tehran — Iran's controversial nuclear program is the latest battleground for the country's fierce political foes — the powerful, yet unelected hard-liners and the reformists who back Iran's popularly elected President.

Hard-line clerics, who have railed against the U.S.-led assault on Iran's atomic agenda, want Iran to reject an Oct. 31 UN deadline to prove its nuclear program is peaceful. They are also calling for Iran to withdraw from the Nuclear Nonproliferation Treaty.

Reformists are pressing for Tehran to comply with international demands and allow UN inspectors unrestricted access of any site they wished to visit in Iran.

So far, Iran has given only vague answers on whether it will meet the deadline to sign a protocol allowing the inspections. If it doesn't do so, it would mean a further blow to reformist President Mohammed Khatami's grip on power and could cause even more international isolation for Iran.

Concerns that Iran may be developing a nuclear weapon have brought a rare alignment between the United States, Europe and Russia — which have long differed sharply on how to deal with Iran's Islamic regime.

On Saturday, U.S. President George W. Bush and Russian President Vladimir Putin — whose country has been the main foreign assistance to Iran's nuclear program — jointly called on Tehran to show openness.

A top reformist lawmaker in Iran, Mohsen Mirdamadi, warned in remarks published Saturday that delaying on the nuclear issue was forging international consensus against Iran.

“I think our policy of procrastination over the nuclear issue is not correct,” said Mirdamadi, who heads the National Security and Foreign Policy Committee at Iran's parliament.

“Our behaviour has effectively brought Europe and the United States, which have had different positions, closer together. We are gradually creating an unprecedented global consensus against ourselves,” he told the reformist daily Yas-e-Nou. Mr. Mirdamadi is a close Khatami ally and a leader of the Islamic Iran Participation Front, Iran's largest reformist political party.

But a hard-liner close to Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, who has the final say on all state matters, insisted, “We should protect our dignity and sovereignty and not give in to coercive diplomacy.”

Hossein Shariatmadari, who manages the hard-line daily Kayhan, said Iran could not be forced to accept the NPT and should withdraw from it altogether. He also said Iran should ignore the Oct. 31 deadline and restrict access to its nuclear facilities.

“The deadline is illegal and a threat to our national sovereignty,” Shariatmadari told Associated Press on Saturday. “It's a plan, similar to the U.S. plan against Iraq, seeking the fall of the Islamic establishment in Iran.”

Iran says its nuclear program aims to produce electricity, not weapons. The United States and other Western countries, accusing Iran of seeking to develop weapons, have been pushing the UN's nuclear agency, the International Atomic Energy Agency, to find Iran in noncompliance with the NPT.

Saber Zaeimian, Iran's Atomic Energy Organization spokesman, told state-run radio Saturday that IAEA inspectors are expected to arrive in Tehran on Thursday to continue efforts to clear up questions into Iran's nuclear program.

The trip, initially scheduled for Monday, was postponed on Friday upon a request from Iranian authorities, an IAEA has said.

Iranian hard-liners appear to be seeking public support for the opposition to the U.S.-led campaign.

The hard-line elite Revolutionary Guards have displayed several Iranian-made missiles in public squares in Tehran in an apparent show of military strength and opposition to international pressure.

Political analyst Saeid Leylaz said if Iran accepts the additional NPT protocol, it will stop the EU from siding with Washington's policy of isolating Iran.

“Iran's policy of procrastination is meant to win concessions but it didn't work,” he added. “... At the end, I believe logic will prevail and Iran will sign before the deadline expires.”

http://www.globeandmail.com/servlet/story/RTGAM.20030927.wiran0927/BNStory/International/
46 posted on 09/27/2003 7:17:23 PM PDT by DoctorZIn
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To: PhilDragoo
"Where are NOW and Hitlery! with their calls for regime change?"

Oh, I thought people already knew this....regime change is only directed at Republicans. This Iranian woman should have killed an American police chief....Hitlery and the NOW organization would have been at this woman's side faster than the police chief's body dropped to room temperature.
47 posted on 09/27/2003 7:26:01 PM PDT by Arpege92
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To: F14 Pilot
Bump!
48 posted on 09/27/2003 8:12:22 PM PDT by windchime
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To: F14 Pilot
"An Iranian woman is about to be executed for killing a police chief..." "The only person able to grant clemency at this stage is the supreme leader, Ayatollah Khamenei"

For whatever reasons, Amnesty Int'l didn't get on this case soon enough. They should have been publicizing it way before now. If this is a well known case in Iran, perhaps she has a chance at clemency. If not, I'm afraid she will just be another victim of this despicable regime.

And this, " 83 people reportedly executed in Iran so far this year..." is a ridiculous statement. "83". Who gave Mr. Whitaker that absurd low number?

49 posted on 09/27/2003 9:26:15 PM PDT by nuconvert ( Stop thinking about it, just do it.)
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50 posted on 09/28/2003 12:01:10 AM PDT by DoctorZIn
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