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The Iranian Student Movement Up To The Minute Reports ^ | 9.29.2003 | DoctorZin

Posted on 09/29/2003 12:02:20 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.

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There is good news, and bad news, and a country given a chance

by Amir Taheri
National Review
October 13, 2003

There is good news, and bad news, and a country given a chance


As millions of Iraqi children start a new school year, they face two uncertainties. The first: Will enough of their teachers show up in the classrooms? The Ministry of Education has appealed to all teachers to be present at their posts — but many, associated with the Ba'ath, the former ruling party, have gone into hiding for fear of being taken to task by people who suffered under the fallen regime. The second: What kind of textbooks will be used? Under Saddam Hussein the principal goal of all education was to worship the despot. A phrase that adorned most textbooks simply stated: Learn the instructions of the Leader and all science shall be yours!

Nevertheless, there is also one certainty: The thick fog of fear that hung over all schools, indeed all Iraq, under Saddam has been lifted. This year there will be no mysterious disappearances from the classroom. No teachers and pupils will be found dead in the school doorways. There will be no suspicious characters dropping in during lectures to sit in the back row as the eyes and the ears of the Mukhaberat (secret police). Teenage schoolgirls will not be abducted and taken to one of the many harems maintained by Uday, Saddam's sadistic elder son, and other apparatchiki of the regime.

Anyone who knew Iraq before liberation and who visits the country now is immediately struck by the impact that the feeling of freedom has had on almost everyone. A society where people hardly spoke to one another, let alone to strangers, is bustling with talk, debates, disputes, and demonstrations for every cause under the sun. Thousands of banned books are on sale in the streets, and over 200 new newspapers and magazines have started publication. People are no longer afraid to turn on their radios and TVs as loud as they wish; there is no Mukhaberat to eavesdrop on what they are hearing or watching.

And yet, Iraq still faces a number of major challenges. The liberation phase was completed with remarkable ease and minimal human and material loss, largely because few Iraqis wanted to fight for their oppressor. The regular army almost never entered the war. The various parallel armies set up by Saddam Hussein also proved unreliable. "We had enough men and arms to put up a decent fight," says Gen. Toumah Abbas, a former chief of staff of the Iraqi army. "But no one wanted to fight; there was nothing worth fighting for." Iraq is now passing through the phase of pacification. That phase, too, is nearing completion in many parts of the country. In some areas, pacification efforts are threatened by criminal elements linked to the fallen regime. In a dozen or so towns, well-organized bands of thieves, smugglers, black-marketeers, and racketeers are taking advantage of the lack of adequate police coverage to rob and loot not only public buildings but also private homes and shops. Since the mid 1990s, bandits, backed by local tribes, have been active in some segments of the western Iraqi desert. The dissolution of the army, and the disappearance of all police presence, means that these bandits are now able to operate with almost total impunity.

Another threat to pacification comes from diverse elements opposed to liberation. Some remnants of the Ba'ath have regrouped and are engaged in a campaign of murder and sabotage in parts of the Sunni Triangle to the north of Baghdad. But there are also disgruntled elements in some former garrison towns such as Fallujah, Ba'qubah, and Ramadi that had benefited from the largesse of the Ba'athist regime. To these must be added some elements of the 20 or so Arab and Islamist terrorist organizations that had been sheltered by Saddam Hussein since the mid 1970s. The capture of some of their leaders by the U.S.-led coalition in Iraq has not deterred these groups; it has persuaded them, rather, that their best chance is to help the remnants of the Ba'ath in making life difficult for "the occupiers." Several hundred Islamist militants who have infiltrated Iraq from Syria, Iran, and Saudi Arabia also contribute to the current level of violence in Iraq.

But the threat of all those elements should not be exaggerated. Since early May, Iraq has witnessed 29 attacks that could be described as terrorist. Of those, 22 took place in just five localities. Some, such as the blowing up of the Jordanian embassy and the U.N. office in Baghdad, were spectacular. That said, Iraq — judged by Middle Eastern standards — is still way down the Richter scale of terrorism. More important, the various groups that threaten pacification are not growing in number or resources. Although the coalition lacks enough forces to devote to search-and-destroy operations, many terrorists and saboteurs are tracked down and neutralized each day. Almost 90 percent of the acts that threaten pacification have taken place in less than 5 percent of Iraqi territory.

If all goes relatively well, pacification will be completed by the end of the year. The coalition then will face two other crucial tasks: reconstruction and democratization. Physical reconstruction efforts so far have been modest, limited mostly to private citizens rebuilding their homes, workshops, and stores. Hundreds of contracts, big and small, worth billions of dollars have been granted or negotiated. But five months after liberation there is still no agreement even on the basic economic rules of reconstruction. On democratization, too, a start has been made, with the establishment of a Governing Council and a Council of Ministers. A new constitution is being drafted. Over 40 political parties, old and new, are getting organized. The first free trade unions, professional associations, and guilds are taking shape.

Although Iraq is by no means out of the woods — it would be surprising if it were, after 35 years of the most vicious rule in the region's modern history — the transition from liberation to democratization is assured. The greater hope is that Iraq will become a model for democratization for Arabs, and Muslims in general. The removal of the Ba'athist regime in Baghdad has changed the political architecture of the Middle East, opening new opportunities for peace — and for a positive Iraqi role on the global energy scene.

The impact of change in Iraq is already being felt throughout the region. Since 1980, when Saddam's army invaded Iran to start a war that would last eight years, Iraq has been unable to play its full role in regional politics. Saddam's invasion of Kuwait in 1990 deepened Iraq's isolation. Iraq was shut out of the Gulf Cooperation Council, the six-nation organization created by Saudi Arabia and Kuwait, with the participation of four smaller petro-emirates, to coordinate key aspects of their economic and defense policies. Excluded from the Arab League for some six years, Iraq also lost its voice in the broader council of the Arab nations.

Under a new regime, Iraq could quickly regain its position as a major regional player. A democratic Iraq could find itself the natural leader of a small but growing group of Arab states that have taken timid steps toward democratization. Countries such as Jordan, Oman, Qatar, Bahrain, the United Arab Emirates, and even Kuwait — all of which have developed new systems based on some form of elections — could find themselves closer to a new democratic Iraq than to a Saudi Arabia that rejects all forms of elections as a matter of principle. The group could be joined by Yemen, which has held at least two reasonably clean general elections.

The new Iraq might also balance the power of Ba'athist Syria, which seems to be backtracking on the reform project initially presented under President Bashar al-Assad. It is not far-fetched to suggest that change in Iraq will, in time, be followed by change in Syria, as has actually always been the case since the 1950s. The new Iraq will almost certainly revive Baghdad's traditional opposition to the Syrian domination of Lebanon. Since any future Iraqi government is likely to include a strong Shiite element, Iraq is likely to become the key Arab player in Lebanon, where Shiites form the single largest community.

The return of Iraq to regional politics would break the duopoly established by Egypt and Saudi Arabia within the so-called Arab world. Iraq, which has the world's second largest oil reserves, could match Saudi Arabia in terms of economic clout. In terms of population and the deployment of an intellectual elite, it could emerge as a serious challenger to Egypt's current dominant position among the Arabs. And it is not only Iraq's Arab brethren who will be affected by the regime change in Baghdad: The new Iraq has already recognized full national rights for the Kurds, an action that will reverberate in Iran, Turkey, Syria, and Armenia — which have all oppressed their ethnic Kurds, albeit in different ways.

Iran, where Shiites account for some 88 percent of the population, is already affected by the possibility of a democratic pluralist government in Baghdad in which Shiites would have a leading role. The Iraqi Shiites, representing some 60 percent of the population, have always rejected the Iranian system of walayat al-faqih (custodianship of the jurisconsult) that, translated into practical politics, means despotic rule by a small group of politicians disguised as mullahs. Iraq could show that a different Shiite model is possible — and thus deal a serious blow to the claims of the Iranian rulers that walayat al-faqih is the only divinely sanctioned form of government in Islam. Since the liberation of Baghdad, thousands of Iranian Shiite clerics have left their traditional seminaries in Tehran and Qom to settle in the Iraqi Shiite cities of Karbala and Najaf. "The American presence in Iraq is a guarantee for religious freedom that we do not have in Iran," says Hussein Khomeini, a mid-ranking mullah and grandson of the late Ayatollah Khomeini, leader of the 1979 revolution in Iran. "The Americans are not going to tell me how to live my Shiism as do the present rulers of Iran."

Iraq's relationship with neighboring Turkey is also certain to undergo important changes. For almost five decades, successive Iraqi regimes have pursued a policy of provocation against Turkey, in the name of Arab nationalism. Also in the name of pan-Arabism, they have maintained an irredentist claim on the Turkish province of Iskenderun, where ethnic Arabs form a majority, and pressed a dispute over the sharing of the waters of the Euphrates. The new Iraq, however, is almost certain to have no pan-Arabist hangovers. In fact, many Iraqis want their country to withdraw from the Arab League and emphasize its ethnic and cultural diversity. For them the key word is uruqa (Iraqi-ness), not uruba (Arabness).

Since all Iraqi political forces have agreed to end Baghdad's traditional policy of hostility to Israel, the new Iraq could act as a positive influence on the Palestinians. With Iraq leaving the "destroy Israel" camp of the Arab states, the Arabs as a whole might move toward a strategic peace with the Jewish state. Right now, 12 of the 53 member states of the Organization of the Islamic Conference maintain full diplomatic ties with Israel. If Iraq were to join them, as it almost certainly will do as soon as possible, a further 20, including at least nine more Arab states, are likely to follow suit. Beyond the Middle East, the emergence of Iraq as a democratic state with close ties to the U.S. and other Western democracies is likely to strengthen the position of those Muslim countries that seek — in the words of Iranian author M. A. Forughi — "a grand alliance between the two halves of the same civilization," that is to say, Islam and the West.

And Iraq's importance will go beyond politics. Its vast untapped oil resources could redefine the basic rules of the global energy market by mobilizing production capacities beyond the dreams of many oil strategists. It is a cliché in the oil business that Saudi Arabia is capable of pumping up to 10 million barrels of oil a day, thus making sure that the global economy can cope with any eventuality with regard to energy. But this claim made for Saudi Arabia has not been tested, or properly investigated, since the late 1980s; it is actually not at all certain that the Saudis could reach such production levels easily and speedily. Saudi Arabia's largest oilfields are over half a century old and in a state of "fatigue." Saudi efforts to attract foreign — principally U.S. — investment in modernizing its oil industry and increasing production capacities have produced little result.

The Iraqi fields, however, are new and robust. The island of Majnun, close to the Iranian border, and the South Rumailah fields, close to the border with Kuwait, represent the world's largest reservoirs of crude oil. Most experts believe Iraq could produce an average of 4.2 million barrels a day within five years, thus emerging as the world's second largest exporter of crude. This would be good news for the European Union and the Far East, notably Japan and China, which heavily depend on imported oil from the Persian Gulf. The policies and attitudes of the European Union powers, as well as Russia, China, and Japan, with regard to the process of change in Iraq are sure to have an impact on relations with the future regime in Baghdad: Those who sided with Saddam Hussein until the bitter end may find that their choice will prove costly.

Iraq has another advantage: its relatively large population, projected to hit the 30 million mark by the end of the decade. That could turn it into the richest market in the Middle East, where other states are either too small, in demographic terms, or too poor to be attractive trading partners.

It's still early, but change in Iraq has put paid to the traditional post-1950s model of the Arab state, based on single-party rule backed by the military and centered on one charismatic leader. Some circles, especially in the European Union, fear change and warn of instability. But the Middle East needs a period of creative instability. A stability symbolized by Saddam Hussein and other despots is not worth preserving.

Mr. Taheri is the author of ten books on the Middle East and Islam.
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4 posted on 09/29/2003 12:10:04 AM PDT by DoctorZIn
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Iran's FM warns Israel of retaliation during ABC interview

Reuters - World News
Sep 28, 2003

WASHINGTON - Iranian Foreign Minister Kamal Kharazi, denying his country has "any program to produce weapons of mass destruction," warned Israel that Iran would respond to any strike on its nuclear facilities.

In an interview aired on Sunday on ABC's "This Week," Kharazi
said the possibility of an Israeli military strike on its nuclear program was "a threat, no question."

Israel has warned that Iran's nuclear program posed a threat
to the world and was reportedly considering such a strike if Iran is pursuing a nuclear option.

Kharazi said: "Israel knows if it commits such an action, it would be reacted."

He declined to be more specific, saying simply "there will be a response" if Israel launched such a strike.

Iran faces mounting pressure to prove it is not developing nuclear weapons. Diplomats in Vienna last week said the UN nuclear watchdog, the International Atomic Energy Agency, had discovered traces of weapons-grade enriched uranium at a second site in Iran.

The IAEA has given Tehran until Oct. 31 to prove it does not have a secret atomic arms program or be reported to the United Nations Security Council for possible sanctions.

On Saturday, U.S. President George W. Bush and Russian President Vladimir Putin demanded Tehran give up any ambitions to build nuclear weapons.

Early last week, Iran paraded six of its newly deployed medium-ranged missiles, which military analysts say could reach Israel or U.S. bases in the Gulf.

Iran insists its nuclear scientists are not working on a weapons program but are trying to meet the country's soaring electricity demand.

"Certainly, we don't have any program to produce weapons of mass destruction, that is for sure," Kharazi said in the interview taped on Saturday evening.

Iran is willing sign a new inspection protocol with the IAEA, but only if that makes clear "we can continue with enrichment facilities to produce fuel needed for our power plants," he said.

Iran says won't halt uranium enrichment Iran said on Sunday it would not give up its nuclear program, including uranium enrichment, despite international pressure to prove it is not developing atomic weapons.

"Abandoning nuclear activities or enrichment is not something that Iran is ready to compromise on," foreign ministry spokesman Hamid Reza Asefi told a weekly news conference.

He had been asked whether Iran would halt uranium enrichment activities as demanded by the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) in a resolution this month.

Inspectors are due to arrive in Tehran on Thursday for a round of further inspections and talks with Iranian officials.

The IAEA has given Iran until October 31 to prove it has no secret nuclear weapons programme, as the United States alleges.

If doubts remain about Iran's nuclear ambitions in November it could be reported to the UN Security Council for possible sanctions.

Iran insists its nuclear programme is solely geared to producing enough electricity from atomic power to meet growing demand and insists it has cooperated with the IAEA.

"We have been transparent. We have said we're not seeking to produce weapons of mass destruction," Asefi said.

"But we haven't received a reciprocal answer from the international community. The (IAEA) resolution that was passed was political."
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Pro-reform newspaper banned for 10 days in Iran

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) -- Iran's hard-line judiciary banned the country's most prominent reformist daily for 10 days for failing to follow instructions to print a statement for three days in a row, the paper's editor said Sunday.

Morad Veisi, editor of Yas-e-Nou, a daily close to Iran's largest reformist political party, said he received a letter Sunday evening from the judiciary ordering him to stop publishing for 10 days.

The letter -- signed by one of Iran's deputy prosecutor general _ cited Yas-e-Nou's failure to publish a 71/2-page judiciary statement issued by the judiciary over three days, Veisi told The Associated Press.

The statement, explaining the verdict against a member of the Islamic Iran Participation Front laid by the judiciary in February, was published in one issue over 10 pages.

Veisi said the judiciary wanted him to publish the entire statement for three days, with big chunks of it on the front page.

"We published the judiciary's statement to show our goodwill. That the judiciary issues an order and determines how we should publish its response ... is misuse of legal powers by the judiciary officials," Veisi said.

Abbas Abdi, a senior member of the Islamic Iran Participation Front, was sentenced in February to eight years in prison for selling classified information to foreign intelligence agencies after a poll he conducted showed strong public support for dialogue with America. He is appealing the verdict.

In the past months, Yas e-Nou has been running a series of articles on Abdi's condition. The judiciary asked the paper to run its full report on the case. Veisi said the paper conceded the first day, but did not have to take its publication instructions from the judiciary.

Mass closures of newspapers began in April 2000, days after Iran's Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei said 10 to 15 reformist publications were "bases of the enemy."

Hard-liners have closed down over 100 pro-democracy publications and jailed several dozen writers and political activists since then, almost all of them without trial or in closed trials without a jury.

Security agents routinely visit the print shop in the evening to see if the papers are adhering to the ban. Newspapers normally observe the ban to avoid clashes with the security.
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I hope Taheri is right.
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Britain Demands Iran Come Clean on Nuclear Ambitions

Iran must declare "unequivocally" that it harbours no ambitions to develop nuclear arms, Britain's Europe Minister Denis MacShane said Monday.

The will of the European Union and the rest of the international community is "very, very clear", MacShane told reporters as he arrived for a meeting of EU foreign ministers.

"We want Iran to state unequivocally that there are no nuclear weapon possibilities that could be developed as a result of any nuclear programme in Iran," he said.

"We want Iran to cooperate fully with the international inspection agencies," added MacShane, standing in for Foreign Secretary Jack Straw at the EU meeting.

"That's what the entire international community wants from Iran and I hope Iran is listening to that common and uniform demand from everybody in the international community."

Iran on Sunday signalled its willingness to comply with the demands of the UN's International Atomic Energy Agency, but vowed to continue its uranium enrichment programme.

"We are trying and we are determined to cooperate" with the IAEA, Iranian Foreign Minister Kamal Kharazi told ABC television in the United States.

The IAEA has given Iran until October 31 to answer all its questions concerning allegations that it is seeking to develop atomic weapons.

The EU foreign ministers are expected to renew their demands for Tehran to sign an additional protocol to the nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty that would allow IAEA inspectors to descend on its nuclear sites without warning.

The EU has warned that, without credible guarantees over the protocol, it will review its economic ties with Iran.
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Iran acknowledges enriched uranium found

Monday, Sep. 29, 2003

Tehran — Iran acknowledged Monday that traces of highly enriched uranium have been found at a second site in the country, but it insisted the source was contaminated equipment purchased from another country.

Ali Akbar Salehi, Iran's representative to the International Atomic Energy Agency, said enriched uranium has been found at the Kalay-e Electric Co., just west of Tehran.

Mr. Salehi, speaking on Tehran television, insisted that the enriched uranium found at the site and another facility at Natanz was not produced in Iran.

Foreign diplomats said last week that IAEA inspectors found minute quantities of weapons-grade uranium at the Kalay-e Electric Co. Earlier this year, UN inspectors found weapons-grade highly enriched uranium particles at a plant in Natanz that is supposed to produce only a lower grade for energy purposes.

Mr. Salehi said Iranian and IAEA officials were surprised that high percentages of enriched uranium had been found at both sites.

It was “unexpected ... because it needs a lot of centrifuges to work for a long time to enrich uranium,” he told the TV station.

“The IAEA and we know that there has been no such level of activity in Iran.”

Iran maintains that traces of the new enriched material were imported on equipment purchased from abroad, but the United States and its allies say it is further of evidence of an Iranian nuclear weapons program. Tehran insists that its nuclear program aims only to produce energy.
13 posted on 09/29/2003 6:14:25 AM PDT by F14 Pilot (Detective Z is here behind me...!)
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Minister Says al-Qaeda Was Active in Iran

September 28, 2003
The Financial Times
Guy Dinmore and Mark Turner

Iran disclosed on Sunday that the extremist al-Qaeda network had set up operational cells inside the Islamic republic and that a dozen suspects, caught after a gun battle, would soon go on trial behind closed doors.

Kamal Kharrazi, foreign minister, told the Financial Times in an interview that the al-Qaeda detainees, whom he declined to identify, had committed crimes against Iran's national security by "establishing cells" to plot operations elsewhere.

His comments were the first public admission that members of the network headed by Osama bin Laden were more than just fugitives from Afghanistan and were actually active in Iran, as alleged by the US.

But Mr Kharrazi rejected the core US accusation that senior al-Qaeda figures inside Iran had planned the May 13 suicide bombings in the Saudi capital Riyadh. More than 30 people including several American defence contractors were killed in the bombings.

The US broke off direct official contact with Iran after the bombings and demanded that the detainees, believed to have been given help by elements of the Iranian regime, be extradited to their home countries.

Mr Kharrazi said the suspects had been arrested before the Riyadh attacks and had no more contact with their network.

One Iranian intelligence officer lost both hands from grenades thrown by the suspects when they resisted arrest, the minister said.

A US official in Washington told the FT it was possible that official bilateral contacts could resume if the case of the al-Qaeda suspects was resolved.

Mr Kharrazi indicated Iran might be flexible, holding out the prospect that Iran might surrender the suspects after their trial. He said they could serve their sentences in Iran "or be exchanged or sent to their original countries".

US officials dealing with Iran believe that Tehran's hardliners are trying to to use the al-Qaeda suspects as bargaining chips in any resolution of the hostile relations between the two countries, involving Iran's nuclear programme and its influence in Iraq.

Mr Kharrazi said the US and Iran had common goals in seeking a stable, democratic Iraq, but different views on how to achieve this. Iran would consider reopening talks with the US on this.

"We could co-operate more fully on Iraq - but unfortunately the US administration is reluctant to consult with the neighbouring countries of Iraq."
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Amnesty Int'l Makes Plea to Iran to Free Protesters

September 29, 2003
Portsmouth Herald
Jesse J. DeConto

PORTSMOUTH -- Amnesty International’s Seacoast chapter has been campaigning for more than a year to free two young prisoners in Iran, with few signs of success.

Ahmad Batebi and Akbar Mohammadi were arrested in July 1999 as they protested a government closure of the reformist newspaper, Salam. The men were sentenced to death, but, as far as local Amnesty members know, they are still languishing in prison.

"We haven’t really received any responses from all the letters we’ve sent to Iran," said chapter President Peter Sommsich of Portsmouth. "Up to this point, it’s all pretty sad stuff."

During the Iranian New Year celebration n March of this year, Mohammadi was released from prison for a week to seek medical treatment for various illnesses, infections and injuries. In 2000, news reports suggested he was losing his right ear and kidney functions.

"They most likely were tortured many times," Sommsich said.

Though Amnesty is known for fighting human rights abuses around the globe, Seacoast Group 550 was the first chapter to take on an Iranian case since the 1970s. Because of poor relations between Iran and the United States, Amnesty International had been reluctant to petition leaders in Iran.

Thousands of Tehran University students were arrested and one was killed when they clashed with members of the vigilante student group Ansar-e Hezbolleh and government security forces over the state’s curbing of free speech in 1999. Batebi, a film student in Tehran, was detained and beaten while shooting footage of the attacks on the peaceful student demonstrators.

"When he heard about the disturbances, he went to cover the incident," said Katherine Greeley, a local Amnesty member.

Greeley, who has written to the Iranian judiciary on behalf of the two students every month since the spring of last year, said Iranian President Mohammed Khatami and Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khameini condemned the police action and the men’s death sentences were later reduced, but they still have to serve 15 years in prison.

Amnesty International is concerned that Mohammadi and Batebi were sentenced after secret trials at special courts whose procedures fall short of minimum international standards for fair trial.
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Amnesty Int'l Makes Plea to Iran to Free Protesters

September 29, 2003
Portsmouth Herald
Jesse J. DeConto
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Iran Says IAEA Inspections Will be Limited

September 29, 2003

TEHRAN -- Iran said a team of U.N. nuclear inspectors due to arrive in Tehran this week would only be given limited access to nuclear sites, a newspaper quoted an official as saying on Monday.

The International Atomic Energy Agency has said it hopes the visit, from Thursday, will enable it to verify Iran has no secret atomic arms programme.

The IAEA has given Tehran until October 31 to dispel doubts about its nuclear ambitions, which Washington says include making weapons.

But Iran, angered by a tough IAEA resolution passed this month which also called on it to halt all uranium enrichment activities, has said it will scale back its cooperation with U.N. inspectors.

''The inspections will only be within the framework of the nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty,'' the Javan daily quoted Saber Zaimian, spokesman of Iran's Atomic Energy Organisation, as saying.

Iran says it has no intention of developing nuclear arms and merely hopes to use nuclear technology to produce electricity.

Under the NPT Iran is only required to allow inspectors access to certain declared nuclear facilities such as the Natanz uranium enrichment plant in central Iran and the Bushehr reactor under construction in the southwest of the country.

Other sites, such as the Kalaye Electric Co in Tehran where Iran has said uranium enrichment centrifuges are stored and assembled, are not currently covered by the NPT.

In what it said was a gesture of goodwill, Iran earlier this year did allow IAEA inspectors to visit Kalaye.

Diplomats told Reuters last week that the IAEA found traces of arms-grade uranium at Kalaye. A similar find was made earlier this year at Natanz. Iran says the uranium finds were to due contamination from parts it had imported.

Zaimian said the six-member IAEA team would stay in Iran for up to seven days.

''There is still no specific schedule for their visit and after talks in Tehran we will decide about it,'' Zaimian said.

Foreign Minister Kamal Kharrazi, in an interview with U.S. television, said Iran was prepared to agree to wider, snap inspections of its facilities provided it was allowed to continue its nuclear programme, including uranium enrichment.
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Tehran Tries to Control Domestic Nuclear Debate

September 29, 2003
Radio Free Europe
Bill Samii

Iran's Supreme National Security Council has submitted to the Islamic Culture and Guidance Ministry its assessment arguing that the mass media should "refrain from discussing arguments and analyses or raising any issues that may cause misperceptions about the Protocol."

Iran's Supreme National Security Council has submitted to the Islamic Culture and Guidance Ministry its assessment arguing that the mass media should, in the words of the Iranian Students News Agency (ISNA) on 20 September, "refrain from discussing arguments and analyses or raising any issues that may cause misperceptions about the [Additional] Protocol [to the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty, or NPT]."

The Supreme National Security Council argued that media organizations should coordinate their reporting with government officials who deal with the issue, ISNA reported.

This is not the first government decree on the line that the media should follow in reporting on domestic affairs. And considering officials' contradictory statements about the nuclear issue, it is not surprising that the government wants to control the reportage.

Iranian representative to the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) Ali-Akbar Salehi said on 22 September that Iran does not have the technical capability of producing the enriched uranium needed for nuclear weapons, dpa reported, citing state television. "For all experts, it is quite clear that the enriched uranium was not made in Iran but imported as the country is technically not capable to make this process," he said. Salehi also said that Iran does not have the facilities or equipment for enriching uranium and rejected all accusations that Iran is seeking a nuclear-weapons capability.

Yet Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei had said in a 17 September speech that Iranians enriched uranium themselves (see "RFE/RL Iran Report," 22 September 2003).

Further undermining Tehran's claims was the 25 September report from AFP, citing anonymous diplomats, that UN nuclear inspectors have discovered traces of highly enriched uranium (HEU) in environmental samples taken at the Kalaye Electric Company near Tehran. The inspectors do not know if the HEU was produced in Iran or if it was on equipment that Iran imported from another country. HEU was previously found in samples taken at Natanz. There is speculation that equipment Iran purchased from Pakistan could have been contaminated, but Pakistan has denied providing Iran with nuclear technology (see "RFE/RL Iran Report," 1 September 2003).

While they are not united on the IAEA's 12 September resolution on Iran or on the wisdom of signing the Additional Protocol (see here and below), Iranian officials are united in denying that they have any intention of developing nuclear weapons. Foreign Minister Kamal Kharrazi, for example, told the United Nations on 25 September: "Iran does not have a nuclear-weapons program nor does it intend to embark on one. Thus we have nothing to hide and in principle have no problem with the Additional Protocol." Kharrazi had preceded that assertion by saying that Iran will continue to "vigorously pursue its peaceful nuclear program."

President Hojatoleslam Mohammad Khatami stressed at the 22 September military parade in Tehran, state television reported, that Iran has a defensive military strategy and has "no intention of gaining access to weapons of mass destruction." Khatami also said, "Our region is the center of aggression, terror, and storage of weapons of mass destruction, and the center is the Zionist regime." "The biggest atomic arsenal is in Israel and the worst kind of state terror occurs in Palestine," he continued.

Ayatollah Khamenei, furthermore, said in a 20 September speech to members of the Islamic Revolution Guards Corps and Basij of Mazandaran and Gulistan provinces that complaints about Iran's nuclear pursuits are untrue. Khamenei warned that an unidentified enemy has launched a massive propaganda campaign against Iran, state radio reported. "They have launched a deceptive propaganda campaign, saying that the Iranian nation is making efforts to acquire nuclear weapons," Khamenei said. "They are trying to portray the Islamic Republic of Iran as being a threat to regional and global peace." Khamenei went on to accuse the United States and Israel of threatening "regional and global peace." Khamenei accused the "tyrannical world powers" -- which he did not identify -- of being furious with Iran because of its Islamic faith....

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EU to Warn Iran Trade Ties at Stake in Nuclear Row

September 29, 2003

The European Union was set to warn Iran on Monday that lucrative trade ties with the 15-nation bloc could be in jeopardy if it fails to restore international trust in its nuclear program.

In a draft statement obtained by Reuters, EU foreign ministers demanded that Tehran sign up for tougher inspections of its facilities and refrain from fuel enrichment which could be used to produce fissile material for nuclear weapons.

"Such action would also enhance perspectives for political and economic dialogue and cooperation," the draft statement to be issued later on Monday said.

It said ministers would review future steps in the light of the next report by the International Atomic Energy Agency's (IAEA) director general, Mohamed ElBaradei, to the board of the U.N. nuclear watchdog.

The IAEA, at Washington's urging, has given Tehran until the end of October to dispel the international community's concerns that it is secretly developing nuclear arms. Tehran has denied it has any such designs.

The 15-nation EU sought progress from Tehran in four areas before negotiations on a trade and cooperation agreement can move ahead. These include human rights, Iran's attitude to the Middle East peace process and cooperation in the fight against terrorism, as well as tough inspections of its nuclear program.

In July the EU issued its strongest warning so far about Iran's nuclear program and human rights record, and set Monday as a deadline for reviewing relations.

However, diplomats say the EU has since extended its deadline to coincide with the October 31 date set by the IAEA....
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EU to Warn Iran Trade Ties at Stake in Nuclear Row

September 29, 2003
22 posted on 09/29/2003 8:07:39 AM PDT by DoctorZIn
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German Court Sentences Iranian for Spying

September 29, 2003

BERLIN -- A Berlin court on Monday sentenced a 65-year-old Iranian-born man to two-and-a-half years in prison for spying on Iranian opposition groups in Germany.

The man, identified as Iraj S., admitted spying on exile opposition groups from 1991 but claimed he had been forced to do so to protect his family from reprisals by Tehran's secret services.

But the court found the former Iranian vice-consul to West Berlin under the shah of Iran and restaurateur had acted to boost his social standing and secure entry rights to Iran.

Following the Islamic revolution which toppled the shah in 1979, the man, who took German citizenship, ''risked a fall into insignificance,'' the court found.

It said he had spied on opposition groups in Berlin, Frankfurt, Hamburg and other locations over a 12-year period.
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Pentagon Targets Iran's Nuke

September 29, 2003
Mich News
Gordon Thomas

GLOBE-INTEL -- The Pentagon’s forward planners have targeted two Iranian nuclear facilities after weapons-grade enriched uranium has been found in one by UN inspectors. A UN report published this week says the country could acquire a nuclear bomb within two years.

Particles of weapons-grade enriched uranium were discovered at Natanz. Iran claims the particles were from “contaminated components” it bought on the black market in the 1980s when it was trying to set up its “peaceful nuclear programme” – and could not find a supplier in the West ready to help.

But both the CIA and MI6, who have now each made intelligence gathering on Iran a priority, discount Iran’s claim of how it came to have sufficient enriched uranium to make an effective “dirty bomb”.

Neo-conservatives around Secretary of Defence Donald Rumsfeld have not discounted a pre-emptive strike against the plants at Natanz and Arak. They are sited south of Tehran, in the remote fastness of central Iran.

Unlike the rift that developed over the war with Iraq between the United States and the European Union, there is a consensus that it is “essential and urgent” for Iran to stop arming itself with nuclear weapons.

Washington is supporting a UN resolution – sponsored by Britain, France and Germany – that Iran must stop its nuclear programme by the end of October. Implicit in the resolution is a warning the plants could be hit by missiles fired from US warships in the Gulf.

The plant at Natanz is far bigger than anything Iraq ever had. Natanz is guarded by a heavily patrolled thirty-mile deep perimeter within the featureless landscape.

The Tehran regime claims the Natanz plant is only working to develop the country’s peaceful nuclear energy programme to bring power, heat and electricity to its hundreds of small towns and villages.

But British and German intelligence agents have pinpointed an underground complex capable of holding 1,000 personnel.

UN inspectors, diverted from searching for weapons of mass destruction in Iraq, have confirmed the existence of the complex.

Buried thirty-feet below ground, it has eight-feet thick walls to protect two large halls.

In a report last week to the 35-member board of governors of the International Atomic Energy Agency, IAEA, the inspectors told their closed meeting in Vienna they are certain the underground complex is designed to carry out the process of turning enriched uranium into weapons-grade material.

The report states: “there are 1,000 gas centrifuges and components for the manufacture of 50,000 further centrifuges”.

Highly enriched uranium is an essential element in producing a nuclear weapon.

Iran has two plants – one at Arkadan, east of Natanz, the other near the historic town of Isfahan – to convert uranium ore into yellowcake, a processed form of uranium. The yellowcake can be converted into enriched uranium as well as producing hexaflouride gas, essential to drive the centrifuges.

Russian engineers are helping Iran to build a heavy water plant at Arak. Iran again claims the plant will be used only for peaceful purposes.

But the UN report states: “heavy water can also produce more plutonium than light water reactors, and therefore can produce significant quantities to be used in weapons”.

Kenneth Brill, the US ambassador to the United Nations in Vienna said last week that the evidence against Iran “already justifies an immediate non-compliance verdict”.

Under the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT), the UN Security Council could introduce crippling sanctions against Iran. That would most certainly place the United States on a collision course with one of the nations President Bush has named as being part of the “axis of evil”.

There is also a clear danger that Israel could act unilaterally and launch its own air strikes against Iran’s nuclear plants. It has done so before – when it destroyed Iraq’s nuclear reactor outside Baghdad in March, 1981.

“We will not stand by and allow the Iranians to use the same cat-and-mouse games over their nuclear plants that Saddam used over many years”, said a senior Israeli intelligence officer in Tel Aviv. “There is a need to take a touch line now. In two years time, it could be too late”.

The prospect of military action came that much closer after Hashemi-Rafsanjani, one of Iran’s most influential clerics and the country’s former president, called on Muslim states last December to use nuclear weapons against Israel.

Mossad analysts told Israel’s Prime Minister, Ariel Sharon, that the appeal was directed not only at Pakistan, the one Muslim nation known to have nuclear weapons, but also to Iran’s partner in the “axis of evil” – North Korea.

That possibility has led to the Pentagon forward planners continuing to prepare their own missile strikes against Iran’s nuclear facilities.

As the Israeli intelligence officer said: “it could be a race who presses the button first – us or the Americans”.
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Pentagon Targets Iran's Nuke

September 29, 2003
Mich News
Gordon Thomas
25 posted on 09/29/2003 10:52:23 AM PDT by DoctorZIn
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TEHRAN 29 Sept. (IPS)

Iran confirmed indirectly that it is determined to continue its program for enriching uranium despite urgent and categorical demand by the United Nations nuclear watchdog to stop it before the end of October.

In an interview with the American television network ABC, Iranian Foreign Affairs Minister Kamal Kharrazi said the Islamic Republic would sign the Additional Protocols to the Non Proliferation Treaty (NPT) "provided it is assured that it can continue enriching uranium for its nuclear-powered electricity plants" and also be provided with modern atomic technology for peaceful purposes.

Though Mr. Kharrazi has reiterated and repeated that all its atomic projects are for civilian use, but experts, both Iranian and foreign say Iran is after the nuclear bomb, hence its insistence for enriching uranium.

"What the decision-makers are after is to buy as much time as they need for building the atomic bomb or to get close to it", Mr. Qasem Sho’leh Sa’di, a prominent Iranian political dissident and respected lawyer and university professor told the Persian service of the Radio France International in an interview last week.

Last week, President Mohammad Khatami had made it plain that iran wants the nuclear technology to make itself strong miliatrilly.

The conditions put by Mr. Kharrazi for signing the Protocols are difficult to understand since the enriched uranium needed for Iran’s first atomic-powered electrical plant, which is under construction in the Persian Gulf of Boosher, would be provided by Russia, the country that is building the 1000 megawatts, 800 millions US Dollars station.

Last week, diplomats at the Vienna-based International Atomic energy Agency (IAEA) disclosed that experts from the Agency had discovered new uranium-contaminated materials at a new site near the Capital Tehran, the Kalaye Electric factory operated by the government.

This is the second plant where Iran is enriching uranium. The first one is located near the central city of Natanz, built several years ago secretly, without being reported to the IAEA.

According to Mr Ali Akbar Salehi, Iran’s Ambassador at the IAEA, Iran is already producing enriched uranium with some 163 centrifuges it has purchased many years ago when it was not compulsory to report them to the Agency.

He also said that the finds were due contamination from parts it had imported. "Iran would have needed large numbers of centrifuges operating for a long period of time to produce the level of uranium enrichment found", Mr. Salehi explained last week, adding that both the IAEA and we know that such a thing does not exist (in Iran).

The signing of the additional Protocols is opposed by the ruling Iranian ayatollahs, as it allows inspectors to visit Iranian nuclear sites at will, without any preconditions or restrictions, a condition that hard liners in the Iranian clerical establishment compare to an "unconditional surrender" to the Americans.

In repeated articles, conservatives-controlled newspapers urges the government of the embattled and powerless Mohammad Khatami to leave the NPT and follow the path adopted by the communist regime of North Korea, the Islamic Republic’s main supplier of technologies for making missiles and atomic weapons, alongside with Pakistan, the first Muslim nation to possess the A-bomb.

"It is naive to think that after accepting the protocol (on snap inspections) America, the European Union and America's allies will stop accusing Iran", the independent Iranian Students News Agency ISNA quoted Mr. Hoseyn Shari’atmadari, a high-ranking intelligence officer specialising in interrogating intellectuals and political dissidents appointed by Ayatollah Ali Khameneh'i as editor of the hard line "Kayhan" newspaper.

"Signing or rejecting the Protocols lead the Iranians to the same dead end road", Mr. Sho’leh Sa’di told the RFI, explaining that by signing, they would give international experts unrestricted access to all Iranian atomic-related sites, but if they refuse, they would expose the country to sanctions by the UN’s Security Council.

On 12 September, the IAEA’s Board of Governors gave Iran until the end of October to sign the Protocols and stop all its uranium enriching programs or the matter would be transferred to the Security Council for decision, including imposing economic sanctions on Iran.

Iranian government’s official spokesman Abdollah Ramezanzadeh said on Monday that negotiations on Iran’s nuclear program will get underway on Thursday after the arrival of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) inspectors.

The experts were due in Iran on Sunday, but Tehran had demanded a short delay to "prepare itself", as officials are not able to decide what to do with the Protocols.

Commenting that all nations, including Iranians, are entitled to peaceful application of nuclear energy, he said that no compromise could be made on such matters. "Iran will not give in to any restriction to the peaceful application of atomic energy", he reiterated, according to the official news agency IRNA.

In reply to the question whether the IAEA inspection trend will be conditional, he said, "We have so far fully complied with our commitments towards the IAEA and continuation of cooperation will depend on the outcome of negotiations", IRNA added. ENDS IAEA IRAN URANIUM 29903
26 posted on 09/29/2003 12:07:17 PM PDT by DoctorZIn
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TEHRAN 29 Sept. (IPS)
27 posted on 09/29/2003 12:07:58 PM PDT by DoctorZIn
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I hear they've gone from being content to have people jam satellite broadcasts to sending gangs of volunteer thugs out to confiscate satellite antennas.

Do you post under the screename of "Persia" or is that someone else?

28 posted on 09/29/2003 1:26:49 PM PDT by cake_crumb (UN Resolutions = Very Expensive, Very SCRATCHY Toilet Paper)
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Web Site Takes on Repressive Government

September 29, 2003
San Mateo Times

Francine Brevetti

As developing countries increasingly acknowledge the importance of high technology to their economies, those with centralized economies nevertheless tend to restrict their populations' Internet access.

This typifies the approaches of the governments of Burma, China, Cuba, Laos, North Korea, Saudi Arabia and, to some degree, Singapore.

China, for instance, arrested a Web surfer last week who expressed his anti-government sentiments in chat rooms.

This past May, the Iranian government blocked access to a reported 15,000 Web sites. An unknown number are foreign news sites that would give Iranians access to news unmanipulated by the government in Tehran.

"People are hungry for news not controlled by the government" said Ken Berman, manager of the Internet anti-censorship program for the International Broadcasting Bureau. The IBB provides the administrative and technical support for U.S.-sponsored international broadcast services other than military ones. The Voice of America and Radio Free Europe may be among its best known services.

To keep Iranians in touch with Western Web sites, the IBB contracted with San Diego Internet security company Anonymizer to circumvent Tehran's censorship, as it has done previously for users within the People's Republic of China. The value of the contract would not be disclosed.

"Anytime the VOA Web site is blocked, it's a good bet other sites are as well, (for example) the New York Times, Washington Post, BBC and a whole host of other Western news sources. We went through a similar situation in China with Internet users trying the VOA or Radio Free Asia sites," Berman said.

When Tehran cracked down on surfing, numerous listeners reported to the IBB they couldn't access the VOA Web site anymore or that of Radio Farda, according to Berman. Radio Farda, also supported by the IBB, provides Iran with local news and stories that would not be carried through international commercial channels.

But since the adoption of Anonymizer's technology, the IBB has received positive feedback that attests to the satisfaction of Iranian listeners, said Berman.

This is how it works, according to Lance Cottrell, founder and chief executive officer of Anonymizer: The company e-mails in bulk to Iranians the name of a URL where they can find the VOA or Radio Farda without government intervention. Berman said Radio Farda also announces the URL on the air.

When an Iranian surfer goes to this Web site, called a proxy, it redirects them to the VOA or Radio Farda Web sites. There the surfer can also input any other URL that he wants.

Although the user accesses the proxy, the government cannot track what sites he is now surfing by virtue of the Anonymizer technology.

With the proxy URL being publicly announced, the Iranian government will surely catch up with it and block it eventually. But the URL is changed daily.

"We change it faster than they can block it," Anonymizer's Cottrell said.

Cottrell recalled that Iran's theocracy had been censoring print and broadcast before it became aware of the Internet's power to transmit criticism of the government or Islam.

Cottrell said that when he founded the company 1997 he was inspired to protect free speech online from tracking and monitoring.

Today, he insisted, the Internet worldwide is "absolutely more censored" than it was five years ago, especially among Third World countries.

"More and more countries are waking up to the importance of the Internet," he said -- to the detriment of free speech in the case of certain governments.

China is particularly a concern since it is attempting to circumvent the technology that Anonymizer provides.

"China is taking our box and reverse engineering it," he said. "First they just started blocking (Web sites), but now they are more subtle. Now they are redirecting (users). You try to go to the New York Times (Web site) but wind up at China Daily. And then they know you were trying to go to the New York Times."

Cottrell also despairs the many American companies whose technology, whether routers and servers or filtering software, sell their products to China, which uses them to subvert user access to the Internet.

Even as China keeps its iron fist on access, the government has proclaimed its future lies with high-tech and broadband communications. The IBB's Berman said the Chinese government is "spending billions putting fiber up and down the coast. Every new construction project has broadband throughout the office."

The Chinese government is contemplating a domain name registration system in Chinese characters rather than in the Roman alphabet.

Vietnam too has thrown its weight behind high technology to ensure economic growth, even while it, too, censors residents' Web access.

The Global Internet Freedom Act was introduced into Congress this summer. It would provide the IBB with funds to counter other governments' efforts to block and jam sites and the persecution of those who use the Internet.

Francine Brevetti can be reached at (510) 208-6416 and,1413,87~11271~1664603,00.html
29 posted on 09/29/2003 1:26:59 PM PDT by DoctorZIn
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Canada Returning Ambassador to Iran

September 29, 2003
The Canadian Press

OTTAWA -- Canada is sending its ambassador back to Iran, less than two months after withdrawing the diplomat over the country's handling of the killing of a Montreal photojournalist.

Foreign Affairs Minister Bill Graham said Canada needs to have a strong voice in Iran as the trial of two people accused in the death of Zahra Kazemi gets underway.

He added that the ambassador will be able to continue pressing for the return of Kazemi's body to Canada.

Kazemi, a Canadian born in Iran, was arrested in June taking photos outside a Tehran prison. After days of interrogation, she was rushed to hospital where she died two weeks later.

Graham also said Canada needs a voice in Iran as the world monitors that country's controversial nuclear program.
30 posted on 09/29/2003 3:21:28 PM PDT by DoctorZIn
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Ayatollah Rohallah Khomeini's Grandson Promotes Freedom and Democracy

September 29, 2003
Washington File
William Armbruster

Washington -- Hossein Khomeini, grandson of the late Ayatollah Rohallah Khomeini, who led the Iranian revolution, called "freedom and democracy a basic means of life and living."

During a September 26 appearance at the American Enterprise Institute in Washington, he said there is no one in Iran at present to lead the Iranian people's struggle for freedom.

Referring to the Iranian Revolution, he stated that "25 years ago the Iranian people hoped for freedom."

"An important goal for the revolution was the creation of democracy and freedom," the younger Khomeini declared. "This was not achieved. There are no freedoms in Iran."

He discussed the reasons for the acceptance of religious authorities as political rulers, pointing out that, at that time, "the religious leaders had legitimacy."

Now, he went on, "The Iranian people have experienced theocracy. They have come to understand that religion and government cannot be one and the same."

He denied the necessity of religious training for governmental positions, declaring, "Democracy is compatible with all the basic values of Shi'ism and Islam." He pointed to the earliest Islamic traditions that "Faith is free and individuals can follow or not follow a particular religion as they wish."

"If everybody was supposed to become a Muslim, God Himself would have turned everybody into Muslims," he pointed out.

He introduced the current political issues, saying, "At the present time, the question is how we can get to democracy and freedom in our communities in the Middle East."

He said that Iran "is ready but there is no leadership" to bring the country to freedom. He speculated that if there were "a center for leading Iranians..., maybe then a movement would be started in Iran."

Khomeini expressed his surprise and admiration that "The United States, in a world of cold, heartless thinking, could go to Iraq and free that country." He doesn't "see any kind of material reason for the United States to go to Iraq and free that country." He called the U.S. liberation of Iraq "really a blessing for the people of Iraq and I admire that."

He thinks the United States is paying more attention to Iran because "Iran is intervening in Iraqi affairs extensively."

He said his current round of speeches and presentations has "stressed and asked for all free societies in the world to think and be concerned about those countries in the Middle East if they want to be in peace and security here."

"They should try to create hope in these people in the Middle Eastern countries."

He compared Iran, where some are economically well off, with Indonesia, where people are not as well off economically but now have hope due to the recent introduction of democracy. The lack of hope in Iran has caused young Iranians (70 percent of the country is less than 30 years old) to be depressed, he said. The oppression they face causes frustration, which leads to melancholy in some and extremism in others, he added.

"Establishment of freedom and democracy in Islamic countries is the guarantee of international peace and security," Khomeini said. He explained that the psychological imbalance in oppressed peoples leads to hatred. "Religious radicalism has nothing to do with religion," Khomeini declared. But it comes from psychological imbalance "due to lack of freedom and democracy in these societies," he said. This needs to be taken very seriously in the free societies, he explained. Otherwise, he added, they will not be left in peace in their own countries.

(The Washington File is a product of the Bureau of International Information Programs, U.S. Department of State. Web site:
31 posted on 09/29/2003 3:22:26 PM PDT by DoctorZIn
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Iraq could show that a different Shiite model is possible — and thus deal a serious blow to the claims of the Iranian rulers that walayat al-faqih is the only divinely sanctioned form of government in Islam.


34 posted on 09/29/2003 5:31:24 PM PDT by PhilDragoo (Hitlery: das Butch von Buchenvald)
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That is exactly the fear of the Mullah's of Iran.
That is why they must see us fail in Iraq.
Otherwise they will fail in Iran.
35 posted on 09/29/2003 6:00:02 PM PDT by DoctorZIn
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U.S. journalists have no guts, else they would get into Iran and show the truth.

Again, the Left shamefully betrays repressed peoples.

FDR's ambassador to the Soviet Union Joseph Davies admired the show trials--today the Left finds nothing amiss in Iran.

36 posted on 09/29/2003 6:53:13 PM PDT by PhilDragoo (Hitlery: das Butch von Buchenvald)
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Iran is Iraq redux: the reaction to the UN demand for inspections is another in-your-face dance-of-seven-veils.

Iran is brittle--it cannot bend, only break.

It rests on fire ants below and depends on protection from Pooty-Poot above.

After Camp David, it is not likely the latter will last.

Memo to Bush Administration: Feed the Fire Ants.

37 posted on 09/29/2003 6:57:42 PM PDT by PhilDragoo (Hitlery: das Butch von Buchenvald)
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Natanz is guarded by a heavily patrolled thirty-mile deep perimeter within the featureless landscape.

And we know Iran will not allow inspectors in.

Will it allow our missiles in?

Do we care?

38 posted on 09/29/2003 7:40:06 PM PDT by PhilDragoo (Hitlery: das Butch von Buchenvald)
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I have read reports that the regime has hidden much of their nuclear uranium enrichment efforts under cities in Iran.

I cannot confirm this but if true they have made it difficult to destroy these sites without significant civilian deaths.
39 posted on 09/29/2003 8:08:24 PM PDT by DoctorZIn
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"What the decision-makers are after is to buy as much time as they need for building the atomic bomb or to get close to it",

Hence there will be no cooperation, only stalling for time.

40 posted on 09/29/2003 9:03:15 PM PDT by PhilDragoo (Hitlery: das Butch von Buchenvald)
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" Canada is sending its ambassador back to Iran,..."

Well, that's their response.
Never cease to amaze.
Oh, Canada.

41 posted on 09/29/2003 9:28:20 PM PDT by nuconvert ( Stop thinking about it and do it.)
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"Will it allow our missiles in?
Do we care?"

Running out of time.
Something happens soon or Israel will dare.
42 posted on 09/29/2003 9:34:17 PM PDT by nuconvert ( Stop thinking about it and do it.)
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"U.S. journalists have no guts"

I wish guts was all it was, PD. Unfortunately, it goes deeper than that. To their very essence. (and it's not just U.S. journalists). These are their fellow reporters;
their colleagues. Yet they say nothing.
Heard any of this reported?

"Reporters Without Borders said today the plight of Iran's journalists was worsening, with further arrests, police summonses and threats ..." (8/28/03)

"More than 50 journalists were summoned between mid-July and mid-August, according to Reporters Without Borders."

"The current risky situation for journalists was shown by the 16 August kidnapping of Hassan Raghifar, the elderly editor of the regional weekly Asan (in the northern city of Tabriz), who was tortured by his four kidnappers who interrogated him about his work and threatened to kill him for what had written. His paper had reported on the arrest and torture of journalists."

"Iran is the biggest prison for journalists in the Middle East"

Unethical Journalists > Oxymoron
43 posted on 09/29/2003 10:21:13 PM PDT by nuconvert ( Stop thinking about it and do it.)
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Iran Officially Opens Border Crossing With Iraq

VOA News

Iran has officially opened a border crossing with Iraq for the first time since the U.S.-led invasion, allowing pilgrims to visit Muslim Shi'ite holy shrines.
Seventy-six pilgrims crossed the border opening in southern Iran Monday, becoming the first to do so legally since the fall of Saddam Hussein. They are expected to spend about a week in Iraq visiting shrines in Najaf and Karbala.

The officially sanctioned journeys resumed after news that nine religious travelers died during an illegal crossing attempt on Saturday. The Islamic Republic News Agency said they stepped on land mines left over from the Iran-Iraq war in the 1980s.

Officials said they opened the crossing near the Iranian city of Khorramshahr in an effort to curb illegal crossings. Thousands have attempted the crossing in the past five months, and about 200 have been killed.

Several Imams revered by the Shi'ite branch of Islam are buried in Iraq. Visiting their tombs is considered an essential religious duty.

44 posted on 09/29/2003 10:35:38 PM PDT by F14 Pilot (Detective Z is here behind me...!)
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Shahroudi praises firm stance in opposing IAEA resolution

Tehran, Sept 29, IRNA -- Judiciary Chief Ayatollah Mahmoud Hashemi
Shahroudi said here Monday that the firm stance taken by Iranian
officials against recent resolution of the International Atomic Energy
Agency`s Board of Governors has left a positive impact on regional and
Muslim states, drawing their applause.
Public Relations Department at the Judiciary quoted Shahroudi as
saying that however, the stances taken by certain officials against
the US threats had been humiliating.
"God`s tradition is that any tribe and nation showing weakness
against the enemy and not defending logic and justice would be
humiliated," said Shahroudi.
He said it has become clear for regional people and states that
the US follows no logic by resorting to aggression, force and
distorting realities.
He added that unity is the salient feature and characteristic of
Iranian nation against bullying and the more US exerts pressure, the
more Iranian people and officials would become united.
Shahroudi criticized international communities and organizations
for their indifference towards illegitimate actions by the Zionists
and said charges of developing nuclear weapons is levelled against
Iran because of its scientific progress, while no such stance is taken
against Israel which possesses a huge arsenal.
He said even some independent European states too take measures as
a result of the US pressure.
Elsewhere in his remarks, Shahroudi pointed to failure of the US
war machine in Afghanistan and Iraq and also to protests inside the US
and UK against the performance of the US President George W. Bush,
saying that undoubtedly, the US will fail if it intends to attack
45 posted on 09/29/2003 10:41:45 PM PDT by F14 Pilot
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To: nuconvert
Unethical Journalists > Oxymoron

Roger that. They had about thirty seconds of silence for Daniel Pearl, and ten for Michael Kelly.

There are tens of thousands of them content to read the most blatant propaganda of AP, AFP, BBC, Reuters every half hour on-air.

I think their ethos is that of Leni Riefenstahl and Josef Goebbels: propaganda, not journalism.

The closest thing to a treatment of the phenomenon has been Medium Cool or Network.

46 posted on 09/29/2003 10:46:58 PM PDT by PhilDragoo (Hitlery: das Butch von Buchenvald)
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To: F14 Pilot
He added that unity is the salient feature and characteristic of Iranian nation against bullying and the more US exerts pressure, the more Iranian people and officials would become united.

I am confident that the average Iranian can see through this propoganda. Wishful thinking by the Iranian fundamentalist rulers.
47 posted on 09/29/2003 10:48:07 PM PDT by Pro-Bush (Homeland Security + Tom Ridge = Open Borders --> Demand Change!)
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48 posted on 09/30/2003 12:33:55 AM PDT by DoctorZIn
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To: F14 Pilot
Maybe it's almost time for good guys to take out the nuke plants.
49 posted on 09/30/2003 6:34:42 AM PDT by blackie
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To: F14 Pilot
Thanks for the heads up!
50 posted on 09/30/2003 7:07:12 AM PDT by Alamo-Girl
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