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Iranian Alert -- January 26, 2004 -- IRAN LIVE THREAD --Americans for Regime Change in Iran
The Iranian Student Movement Up To The Minute Reports ^ | 1.26.2004 | DoctorZin

Posted on 01/26/2004 12:11:55 AM PST by DoctorZIn

The US media almost entirely ignores news regarding the Islamic Republic of Iran. As Tony Snow of the Fox News Network has put it, “this is probably the most under-reported news story of the year.” But most American’s are unaware that the Islamic Republic of Iran is NOT supported by the masses of Iranians today. Modern Iranians are among the most pro-American in the Middle East.

There is a popular revolt against the Iranian regime brewing in Iran today. Starting June 10th of this year, Iranians have begun taking to the streets to express their desire for a regime change. Most want to replace the regime with a secular democracy. Many even want the US to over throw their government.

The regime is working hard to keep the news about the protest movement in Iran from being reported. Unfortunately, the regime has successfully prohibited western news reporters from covering the demonstrations. The voices of discontent within Iran are sometime murdered, more often imprisoned. Still the people continue to take to the streets to demonstrate against the regime.

In support of this revolt, Iranians in America have been broadcasting news stories by satellite into Iran. This 21st century news link has greatly encouraged these protests. The regime has been attempting to jam the signals, and locate the satellite dishes. Still the people violate the law and listen to these broadcasts. Iranians also use the Internet and the regime attempts to block their access to news against the regime. In spite of this, many Iranians inside of Iran read these posts daily to keep informed of the events in their own country.

This daily thread contains nearly all of the English news reports on Iran. It is thorough. 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. The news stories and commentary will from time to time include material from the regime itself. But if you read the post you will discover for yourself, the real story of what is occurring in Iran and its effects on the war on terror.

I am not of Iranian heritage. I am an American committed to supporting the efforts of those in Iran seeking to replace their government with a secular democracy. I am in contact with leaders of the Iranian community here in the United States and in Iran itself.

If you read the daily posts you will gain a better understanding of the US war on terrorism, the Middle East and why we need to support a change of regime in Iran. Feel free to ask your questions and post news stories you discover in the weeks to come.

If all goes well Iran will be free soon and I am convinced become a major ally in the war on terrorism. The regime will fall. Iran will be free. It is just a matter of time.


TOPICS: Extended News; Foreign Affairs; News/Current Events; War on Terror
KEYWORDS: iaea; iran; iranianalert; iranquake; protests; southasia; studentmovement; studentprotest
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1 posted on 01/26/2004 12:11:55 AM PST by DoctorZIn
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Join Us At Today's Iranian Alert Thread – The Most Underreported Story Of The Year!

"If you want on or off this Iran ping list, Freepmail DoctorZin”

2 posted on 01/26/2004 12:14:29 AM PST by DoctorZIn (Until they are Free, "We shall all be Iranians!")
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No Change No Talk, Khatami says

Jan 25, 2004

President Mohammad Khatami on Sunday strongly pledged that any fundamental change in US policies toward Iran will change the existing atmosphere of hostility between the two arch-foes.

"If we observe a fundamental change in American policies, a new situation will prevail," he told reporters here after welcoming Austrian President Thomas Klestil who arrived on a four-day visit early Saturday evening.

"We have no enmity toward anyone, anywhere (they might be).But we also expect that others do not make enemity toward us," Khatami added.
3 posted on 01/26/2004 12:20:34 AM PST by F14 Pilot ("Terrorists declared war on U.S. and War is what they Got!")
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I am not of Iranian heritage. I am an American committed to supporting the efforts of those in Iran seeking to replace their government with a secular democracy. I am in contact with leaders of the Iranian community here in the United States and in Iran itself.

Bump for all you do for the majority of freedom loving Iranians seeking Democracy!
4 posted on 01/26/2004 12:24:25 AM PST by Pro-Bush (Homeland Security + Tom Ridge = Open Borders --> Demand Change!)
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Iran starts production of new "Raad" missile

IranMania News
Sunday, January 25, 2004

Iran announced Sunday it was boosting its domestic defence systems with the production launch of a new line of short-range Raad missiles to be installed in the Persian Gulf region.

"We have inaugurated the production line for the Raad (Thunder) missiles which have undergone tests in various different circumstances," Defence Minister Ali Shamkhani said on state television.

The missiles, which can be used shore-to-sea or ship-to-ship, have a range of 150 kilometres (about 90 miles) and will be installed on Iran's Persian Gulf coast or islands or on warships.

"We have islands scattered in the Persian Gulf, so we will now have plenty of defence capability in the region," Shamkhani said. "Our ballistic missile industry has turned a page and the Islamic republic's defence capabilities have been considerably increased."

Iran caused international concern last year when the air force of the hardline Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps took delivery of several domestically built Shahab-3 missiles, with a range of between 1,300 and 1,500 kilometres (between 800 and 1,000 miles), sufficient to reach Israel.

Shamkhani warned last month it would consider using the Shahab-3 missiles if Israel struck its nuclear facilities.

On Sunday, state radio and television also announced the start of production of radar-guidance systems for Iran's Noor missiles.
5 posted on 01/26/2004 12:32:18 AM PST by F14 Pilot ("Terrorists declared war on U.S. and War is what they Got!")
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Iran has WMDs and is prepared to use them. Interesting...
6 posted on 01/26/2004 3:57:17 AM PST by risk
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To: risk; DoctorZIn; McGavin999; freedom44; AdmSmith; Cindy; nuconvert
And the most interesting part of these things there is that we all know they have WMDs in hand and are ready to use them but we don't intend to do any thing against their government and one of our senators, Mr. Biden, talked to their FM in Davos, Switzerland and begged his pardon.

That's not a joke! Please take it more serious >>> I am talking to the State Department... Any Body Home!?

7 posted on 01/26/2004 5:46:19 AM PST by F14 Pilot ("Terrorists declared war on U.S. and War is what they Got!")
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8 posted on 01/26/2004 6:01:16 AM PST by risk
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Iran election tensions increase

Monday, 26 January, 2004
BBC News

A row over Iran's elections next months is escalating, with reformists condemning a conservative veto of a bill to resolve the political crisis.

MPs said the veto would make a boycott of 20 February elections more likely and lead to greater political chaos.

The Guardians Council rejected Sunday's bill, which sought to overturn a ban on thousands of reformist candidates in the elections.

Analysts say MPs must decide whether to submit the bill to a higher body.

The Expediency Council, headed by former president Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani, is meant to mediate in disputes between the parliament and the Guardians' Council.

Mass protests

Reformists have said that they would boycott an election in which more than a third of candidates were prevented from running.

The unelected 12-member Guardians Council, which vets candidates for office, reinstated about 350 of the banned candidates after Iran's supreme leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, ordered a review.

Students are also planning to organise mass protests to denounce hardliners.

"Students will join professors of all universities in Tehran today to support disqualified prospective hopefuls and denounce hardliners who are restricting people's choice," said student leader Hossein Baqeri.

Reformist MP Mohsen Armin said the Guardians Council had shown that it had no will to resolve the crisis logically.

"It only pushes reformist MPs to harden their position and seriously consider mass resignations and boycotting the polls," he said.

He said that President Mohammad Khatami would consider not holding the elections if more candidates were not re-instated.


The Guardians Council set off what correspondents say is Iran's worst political crisis for years when it barred more than 3,500 mostly reformist candidates from the election.

Under the bill put forward on Sunday, those approved for past elections would have been able to run again unless there was strong evidence to prove they were unfit.

The BBC's Miranda Eeles in Tehran says MPs hoped to add two clauses to the election law, effectively forcing the Guardians Council to reverse its rulings.

The first amendment would have allowed all sitting members of parliament or candidates approved for past elections to run for office unless legal documents proved their incompetence.

The second was aimed at eliminating politically motivated disqualifications by requiring the Guardians Council to approve anyone deemed by local trustees to be loyal to Islam and the ruling Islamic establishment.

Mr Khatami, a reformist, has hardened his stance on the row.

On Saturday, he issued a joint statement with parliamentary speaker Mehdi Karrubi demanding that the Guardians Council make a "full review" of their blacklist.

The Guardians Council has promised to check all the disqualifications and issued revised judgements by 30 January.
9 posted on 01/26/2004 6:21:00 AM PST by F14 Pilot ("Terrorists declared war on U.S. and War is what they Got!")
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Students are also planning to organise mass protests to denounce hardliners.

"Students will join professors of all universities in Tehran today to support disqualified prospective hopefuls and denounce hardliners who are restricting people's choice," said student leader Hossein Baqeri.

It can be a Breaking News!

10 posted on 01/26/2004 6:24:34 AM PST by F14 Pilot ("Terrorists declared war on U.S. and War is what they Got!")
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I hope the people in Iran watch out. What these guys (the reformists) are trying to get through amounts to a license to retain their jobs in congress indefinitely.

Personally, I think the whole rotten mess needs to be thrown out and a fresh start is needed by the people of Iran. The people should be free to choose who they want, not some council. I think the people are being manipulated by the mullahs into supporting the reformists.

11 posted on 01/26/2004 6:37:03 AM PST by McGavin999 (Evil thrives when good men do nothing!)
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Freedom in Iran ~ Now!
12 posted on 01/26/2004 7:25:09 AM PST by blackie
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It can be a Breaking News ~ Freedom Bump!
13 posted on 01/26/2004 7:35:27 AM PST by blackie
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Eye on EU

January 26, 2004
Khaleej Times

A meeting of European Union’s Foreign ministers will open in Brussels today. EU Constitution, lifting ban on arms sale to China and relations with Iran will top the agenda.

Iraq, the situation in Afghanistan, Balkan countries and combating terrorism will follow the top-priority issues tabled for discussion at the two-day conclave. The European Constitution will top the list of the topics in the agenda, as the members of the EU want to end discussing this issue before May, the date fixed for expanding the membership of the Union by including 10 new countries from East and Central Europe. Although it is not likely to end discussing this issue at the meeting, different viewpoints at least will be brought closer and the differences narrowed, with aim of discussing the same at a meeting to be set especially for this purpose. The meeting will also discuss lifting the embargo on arms sale to China, which was imposed in 1989 following the Tiananmen Square massacre in Beijing. It is certainly that the lifting the ban will open big markets before the European countries, on top of which are France and Germany. The EU Foreign ministers will also review the report of the EU High commissioner for Foreign Affairs and Security, Javier Solana. The report is based on the outcome of his contacts and meetings with Iranian officials.
14 posted on 01/26/2004 8:32:05 AM PST by DoctorZIn (Until they are Free, "We shall all be Iranians!")
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The Islamic Republic has Lost All Potentials

January 26, 2004
Iran Press Service

PARIS -- Mr. Ensafali Hedayat, an independent journalist covering for Iranian media inside and outside the country has been detained on charges of espionage and insulting the leader of the Islamic Republic, his lawyer, Mr. Abbas Jamali as well as his young daughter, Fatemeh, confirmed.

Mr. Hedayat, based in Tabriz, the capital city of the Eastern Azarbaijan province bordering with the former Soviet republics of Azerbaijan and Armenia, was arrested on 16 January on his return to Tehran from Berlin, where he covered the meeting of Iranian Republicans.

"Mr. Heddayat covered the meeting as a free lance journalist alongside tens of other colleagues, -- who, contrary to him, had come from the United States or difference European countries --, but did not took part at the debates", sources close to the organizers told Iran Press Service.

The arrest created an internal and international uproar and denunciations against the Iranian Islam-based regime, with several international human rights and press organizations, like the Reporters Without borders, the Amnesty International, the Human Rights Watch and the Association of Iranian Journalis Abroad, calling on the Iranian authorities to free Mr. Hedayat "immediately and unconditionally".

Hundreds of Iranian personalities of all walks, including journalists, lawmakers, scholars, artists and intellectuals from inside and outside Iran also have signed a petition that calls for the release of the journalist.

Mr. Hedayat reached fame after writing an emotional open letter – a translation in English was published by IPS -- to President Mohammad Khatami and other Iranian officials relating the Stalinist-style circumstances of his arrest by plainclothes men during the uprising of students in Tabriz, at the same time of the protest movement in Tehran and other major cities, and the horrendous conditions of his detaintion, the endless séances of interrogations and tortures reminding the work of movie Director Costa Gavras, "Z".

As a freelance journalist covering for "Radio Farda", a farsi-language, US sponsored 24 hours radio station based in Prague, Mr. Hedayat was recently in the earthquake-stricken city of Bam, reporting about the situation there, and better than any other journalist, addressing the shortcomings of the Iranian relief missions.

Though Mr. Jamali refused to disclose details of the accusations against Mr. Hedayat, particularly that of espionage, a charge that carry possible death penalty, bit informed sources said his reports from Bam, his first hand interviews with local people and other journalistic works that were not to the taste of the authorities might have brought them to order his arrest.

"My father is a journalist. Nothing but a journalist, working strictly in the limits of the laws, dedicating all his efforts and life to the freedom of the Iranian people, to democracy, to the cause of justice and equality", Ms. Fatemeh wrote in an open letter, published before she met her father on Saturday.

"Is being a journalist is a sin in this country. Is informing the public is an unlawful activity in this country to be considered as a crime. Is my father really endangering the security of this regime to brand him a spy? She added, noting that "after all, maybe the biggest crime in this regime is being innocent, a journalist, law-abiding and loving his country!".

In an interview with the Canada-based "Shahravand" monthly carried out in Berlin, Mr. Hedayat, describing the situation back in Iran, said, "everybody in Iran is fighting, since the people and the ruling authorities are at opposing poles of each other.

"After an article in the (now closed) newspaper "Salam", the authorities organized demonstrations against me and never allowed me to work in any paper. As I have no other profession than journalism, I had to fight, like everyone else in Iran. Between the dangerous profession of journalist and death, I went for the first one. I sold my house in Tehran and came to a one piece room in Tabriz, where in the past four years, I could not receive one single friend for lack of place", he said simply, without expressing anger.

In the past years, the Judiciary, on orders from Ayatollah Ali Khameneh’i, "awarded" by the Paris-based Reporters Sans Frontieres as "one of the most dangerous predators of press freedom in the world" have shut down more than a hundred publications and jailed a dozen of leading journalists.

"In Iran, there are two currents that do not move in parallel, but race against each other. One is the leadership and its different wings and the other is the people. To survive, the Islamic Republic must bring back the people to its side, but the system has lost all its potentials", he said, adding however that he was optimistic as the future of Iran.
15 posted on 01/26/2004 8:35:41 AM PST by DoctorZIn (Until they are Free, "We shall all be Iranians!")
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Biggest One Day Privatization in Iran

January 26, 2004
Iran News Daily
Mohsen Ilichi

Today is the biggest single day in Iran's drive toward privatization. 35% of the shares of the shipping giant "Sadra Company" will be offered through the Tehran Stock Exchange (TSE).

The total value of the stock sale is estimated at 334.4 trillion rials. The per share value of Sadra stock is projected to be 19,500 rials. It is notable that among the chief opponent of this move is the Minister of Industries and Mines Ishaq Jahangiri. Sadra belongs to IDRO, a subsidiary of this ministry. Mr. Jahangiri believes that privatization of such a large chunk of this highly successful company all at once is inappropriate.

TSE watchers expect intense competition today on the floor of the exchange for Sadra's much sought after stocks. The Welfare Organization is one of the main parties that highly covets the stocks of Sadra. It is notable that the Welfare Organization name is itself a majority owner of the Islamic Republic Shipping Company. Other interested buyers include three investment companies named Qadir, Rana and Tadbir, the two main auto manufacturers, namely Iran Khodro and Saipa. Moreover, rumor has it that the South Korean giant Samsung has obtained a permit from the Ministry of Economy & Finance and intend to bid for Sadra's stocks. Undoubtedly, because of Sadra's distinguished reputation there will be many others who will try to bid in this public offer.

Sadra is a renowned and professional public-owned company specified in marine structures, heavy oil and power industry equipment, etc. For instance, at present, the company has over $1.5 billion in ongoing contracts. Among its latest projects is building 5 ships for the Islamic Republic Shipping Company at a cost of $320 million. The project is high priority for the government meaning that the client can procure the funding of the project from the hard currency reserve fund, on priority basis and without the customary bureaucratic games.

It is interesting to remind that a while back Sadra purchased 34% of a major equipment manufacturer named Azar Ab. Furthermore, reports suggest that Sadra intends to buy shares in another major manufacturer, Machine Sazi Arak. Experts say that in such a case Sadra will become an industrial giant in its specialized field. No wonder competitors are drooling and jumping over each other in order to get a chance to get their hands on Sadra shares.

Last but not least, it should be said that previously the largest privatization in Iran was the auctioning off of 96% of the shares of the Khuzestan Cement Company in a public auction for a sum of 2.06 trillion rials, which took place two months ago.
16 posted on 01/26/2004 8:36:50 AM PST by DoctorZIn (Until they are Free, "We shall all be Iranians!")
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Zia's Hawks in Iran Nuke Leaks

January 26, 2004
Times of India

Musharraf points at European link

Pak scientists hid money in Dubai

ISLAMABAD -- Pakistan's probe into its secret nuclear programme has revealed limited approval of cooperation with Iran by former military ruler Zia-ul-Haq while the fate of its father of atomic bomb Dr A Q Khan hangs in balance.

The investigation of nuclear scientists , currently being grilled to determine allegations of proliferation of nuclear technology to Iran, pointed out that at least two Pakistani scientists acted inappropriately and exchanged information with Iran beyond the limit authorised to them by the government in late 1980s, the News daily reported on Saturday.

It said one of them could be booked for violating Official Secrets Act . Quoting local officials, the newspaper said former military ruler General Zia-ul-Haq had approved a longstanding request from the Iranian government in 1987 for an unpublicised cooperation in peaceful nuclear programme for non-military spheres.

"Just before his death in 1988 when I told Zia about Iran's growing interest in non-peaceful nuclear matters, he asked me to play around but not to yield anything substantial at any cost," it quoted an unnamed top retired nuclear scientist as saying.

The retired scientist, was, however, not very forthcoming about allegations about Zia's successor Aslam Beg who was accused of trying hard to prevail on the subsequent governments to help Iran to develop nuclear technology. He, however, said he was aware of Beg's successor trying to do the same but did not name him.

"I don't know about the exact nature of transfer of technology that took place but I knew that nothing moves in Pakistani nuclear spectrum without the knowledge of the chief of army staff," the retired scientist said and questioned Beg's statement that the decision-making about nuclear programme was with former Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto and later with Nawaz Sharif.

The newspaper said that officials, however, did not discount Beg's influence and knowledge about the nuclear exchange that took place between some Pakistani and Iranian nuclear scientists in 1989-90.
17 posted on 01/26/2004 8:38:32 AM PST by DoctorZIn (Until they are Free, "We shall all be Iranians!")
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Iran and the Lingering Myths in Western Media

January 26, 2004
Iran va Jahan
Darius Dana

Reading through some prominent western newspapers, one often comes across some disturbing inaccuracies in their description of the situation in Iran and also the credentials of political personalities there. President Khatami is often generously referred to as a "moderate" or even a "democrat". The members of the Islamic parliament are described as "reformists" and their struggle for re-election is depicted as a crusade against the unelected section of the theocracy. Below is a list of some of these lingering myths that persists in some sectors of western and in particular the European media.

Myth 1: President Khatami Was Democratically Elected:

In the run up to the 1997 presidential elections, only 4 out of 238 candidates were approved by the unelected Guardian Council. That's less than 2%. The other 98% were rejected by the unelected body for not being Islamic enough. Khatami was one of the 4 candidates, vetted by the Guardian Council to stand for the presidential elections.

The remaining 3 candidates, who made it through the vetting process, were old school Taliban style conservatives. In fact Khatami was the "best of a bad lot". The 1997 presidential election for Iranian people was rather like being made to choose between Malaria and Plague. Iranians opted for Malaria as it offered better chances of survival.

Myth 2: President Khatami is a Democrat:

All the events in the past 7 years of president Khatami's 2 terms in office point to the contrary. Every time a choice between reforms and maintaining the status quo had to be made, Khatami opted for the latter. In fact he went even further and encouraged the repression. In 1999 when pro-democracy university students of Tehran protested against the closure of a reformist newspaper that was ran by Khatami's allies, they were brutally attacked by the Basij vigilantes and security forces. 5 people were killed and hundreds were injured. When it was all over, Khatami took part in an interview with the state run TV, in which he referred to the pro-democracy protesters as "thugs and hooligans". He also thanked the Basij and security forces for "marinating Order".

President Khatami stood by and watched as his interior minister Abdollah Nouri was thrown into jail. He stayed silent in the face of mass closures of reformist newspapers and imprisonment, torture and murder of many journalists, students and political activists. In fact Khatami's 2 terms in office is a sad tale of missed opportunities and callous indifference to the appalling human rights violations by the regime. At every crunch point, Khatami chose to align himself with the hated supreme leader and his henchmen rather than his constituents, the Iranian people. It is unfortunate that some quarters in western press are still portraying Khatami as a democrat! Such portrayals are purely based on his words and not his deeds.

Myth 3: The Reformist Members of Parliament Were Democratically Elected:

In fact there are 2 myths in the above statement. First the democratic nature of the Parliamentary elections and also the reformist nature of the MPs elected. As in the presidential elections, hundreds of candidates were excluded by the Guardian Council in the run up to the parliamentary elections for not being Islamic enough or not believeing in "Velayate Motlaghye Fagheeh" (The Absolute rule of Supreme leader). The so called reformist MPs who found their way through the filter of the Guardian Council were mostly former revolutionaries of the 1979 revolution who pioneered and took part in the repression of the early years of the Islamic revolution. Today after 4 years of occupying parliamentary seats, the reformist MPs in their own admission, have utterly failed to honor any of their pledges of reforms and the rule of law.

Myth 4: Reformist MPs are Protesting Against the Vetting process, by Walking out of the Parliament:

During the last few days of their strike, disqualified MPs have only criticized the Guardian Council for rejecting the reformist faction. They have made numerous speeches about their services to the revolution, their heroic participation in the holy war against Iraq and their belief in the theocracy and its founder, Ayatollah Khomeini. None of the reformist MPs criticized the vetting process in principle. After all, they qualified and were elected into the Islamic Parliament on the back of the same vetting process. The Irony is that the rejected MPs know very well that in the complete absence of the Guardian Council's vetting process, they are unlikely be elected, because according to the Islamic Regime's own polls, the majority of Iranians aspire to a fundamental change in Iran. Therefore the disgruntled Parliamentarians want a vetting process that doesn't reject their candidacy, not entirely free elections. To put it in simple terms the reformist MP's are unhappy about losing their jobs!

Myth 5: There is Freedom of Expression in Iran:

It's true that there is more freedom of expression in Iran than Saddam's Iraq or North Korea. You can talk or write about anything as long as you don't question the authority of clerics, relations with the US, the role of supreme leader, the role of unelected but powerful institutions, Mullah's support of international terrorism, Mullah's obsessive enmity against the "Zionist entity", and all other matters of principle. People who dare go beyond these red lines face prison, torture and even death. The so called chain murders that claimed the lives of more than 80 writers and thinkers, some during Khatami's presidency, is a chilling testament to this fact.

Myth 6: European Diplomacy Was Instrumental in Making the Mullahs Sign the Additional IAEA Protocol.

Not true. As in all other tyrannies, the Iranian theocracy is more in tune with power politics, not quiet diplomacy. By in large dictatorships lacking support at home often tend to make concessions when their existence is threatened by external powers. By the same token, their concessions in the face of such threats are often superficial and fade away once the threat to their existence is removed. What moved the Ayatollahs to take note and toe the international line, albeit in appearance had little to do with EU carrots and a lot to do with US sticks!

The EU had been engaged in a self serving policy of "willful gullibility" or as they prefer to call it "Critical Dialogue" with the mullahs For over 2 decades with no positive impact on the behavior of the regime. The mullahs continued and are still continuing to finance terrorist groups in the Middle East. They freely dispatched assassins to EU capitals to kill members of Iranian opposition and even EU citizens. To add insult to injury, while EU politicians were hard at work critically engaging the mullahs, their counterparts were hard at work producing nuclear and chemical weapons. If that is not a policy failure then what is?

Let's be candid. It was the demise of the Taliban and Saddam and the continuing offensive posture in American Middle East policy that finally made the Ayatollahs realize that their intransigence could lead to dire consequences! That is what finally turned the table and led the hawkish fundamentalists in Tehran to grudgingly signup to the additional snap-inspection protocol. But does this mean that the mullahs are turning over a new leaf? Early indications are not good!

The ink on the signed IAEA protocol has hardly dried and reports are already emerging that the mullahs have all but accelerated the import and assembly of centrifuge components......
18 posted on 01/26/2004 8:41:46 AM PST by DoctorZIn (Until they are Free, "We shall all be Iranians!")
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Tehran Terrorfest

January 26, 2004
New York Post
Amir Taheri

The other day at the World Economic Forum's inaugural session at Davos, Switzerland, Iran's President Muhammad Khatami repeatedly nodded his head in approval as forum founder Klaus Schwab called for the eradication of international terrorism. In his own speech, Khatami called for a "dialogue of civilizations" as an alternative to war and terror.

Meanwhile, militants from some 40 countries spread across the globe were trekking to Tehran for a 10-day "revolutionary jamboree" in which "a new strategy to confront the American Great Satan" will be hammered out.

The event starts Feb. 1, to mark the 25th anniversary of the return to Iran from exile of the late Ayatollah Ruhallah Khomeini, the founder of the "Islamic Revolution." It is not clear how many militants will attend, but Iran's official media promise a massive turnout to underline the Islamic Republic's position as the "throbbing heart of world resistance to American arrogance."

The guest list reads like a who's who of global terror.

In fact, most of the groups attending the event, labeled "Ten Days of Dawn," are branded by the United States and some European Union members as terrorist outfits. These include 17 branches of the Hezbollah, a worldwide militant Shi'ite movement created by Tehran in 1983.

For more than two decades, Tehran has been a magnet for militant groups from many different national and ideological backgrounds. The Islamic Republic's hospitality cuts across even religious divides. Militant Sunni organizations, including two linked to al Qaeda - Ansar al-Islam (Companions of Islam) and Hizb Islami (The Islamic Party) - will enjoy Iranian hospitality. So will Latin American guerrilla outfits, clandestine Irish organizations, Basque and Corsican separatists and a variety of leftist groups, from Spartacists to Trotskyites and Guevarists.

Tehran is the only capital where all the Palestinian militant movements have offices; some have training and financial facilities there, too. Iranian officials claim that the presence of these organizations is limited to "cultural and information activities."

The militant offices are known as "daftar ertebat" - "contact bureaus" - while the training offered by the Islamic Revolutionary Guards is presented as "courses in self-defense."

But the war in Iraq and the capture of Saddam Hussein have shaken the traditional Khomeinist assumption that the United States will never risk a direct confrontation with the Iranian regime.

The old view is expressed in a celebrated dictum of Khomeini that is painted on the walls of the conference center where the militants will meet: "America Cannot Do A Damn Thing!"

Now, however, many in Tehran believe that unless the Khomeinist regime modifies aspects of its behavior, notably in its relations with terrorist groups, it might find itself in military conflict with the United States. "Anyone who ignores the presence of the American war machine all around us suffers from deadly illusions," says Imadeddin Baqi, a member of the outgoing Islamic Majlis (parliament).

Until at least last December, one idea was to either cancel the terrorist jamboree or curtail it to a single prayer session at Khomeini's mausoleum in Tehran.

That idea was vetoed by the "Supreme Guide," Ali Khamenei, who believes that any show of weakness by the regime could encourage its numerous opponents inside and outside the country. Thus Khamenei plans to use the global jamboree to show that Iran is still a revolutionary force to be reckoned with, and that he alone, and not the ineffective Khatami, calls the shots in Tehran.

Khamenei also hopes that the next elections, to be held 10 days after the terror jamboree ends, will produce a new majority that shares his strategy. His game plan is to unify the regime by cutting the so-called "reformists" down to size and adopting a wait-and-see tactic until after the American presidential election.

The militants headed to Tehran will likely be told they must lie as low as possible for the next few months without abandoning their radical goals.

The Tehran gathering is also expected to deepen the recent informal alliances made between Islamist militant groups and a variety of communist, anarchist and environmentalist militant groups against the "American common enemy." The Khomeinist leadership has taken note of the success of the Islamist-Leftist alliances in organizing rallies against the liberation of Iraq last year.

Khomeini himself presided over an alliance of Islamists, communists and other Marxist-Leninist groups that brought down the Shah's regime in 1979.

"Today, mankind has a common enemy," says Ayatollah Ahmad Janati, who heads the powerful Council of Guardians in Tehran. "And that enemy is the American Great Satan. Anyone who fights the Great Satan for whatever reason is on our side, and anyone who does not is on the opposite side."

Nevertheless, it is clear that the Khomeinist regime is prepared to change aspects of its behavior and even concede some tactical retreats to weather what many in Tehran call "the Bush storm." But the regime's strategy - aimed at driving America out of the Middle East, destroying Israel and replacing all Arab regimes with "truly Islamic" ones - remains unchanged.

It is no accident that two words are popular in Tehran these days. One is détente, often used by Khatami and the so-called "reformists." The other, used by the more hard-line Khomeinists, is hudhabiah, which is the name of a truce signed by the Prophet Muhammad with a Jewish tribe in Medina at a time Muslims found themselves in a weak position.

At the end of the truce period, the Prophet's army, having rebuilt its strength, attacked the Jews and massacred all its adult male members, seizing women and children as war booty.

It is against this background that the question of what to do with Iran must be debated. The Khomeinist leadership, isolated abroad and threatened at home, appears ready to offer almost all the behavioral changes required by Washington and the Eureopean Union. But it cannot change its nature. And there is no guarantee that this particular beast will not bite again, and hard, as soon as it feels that it is no longer threatened. A scorpion does not sting because it is naughty; that is dictated by its nature.

The current mood of retrenchment in Tehran may lead to a brief détente, as Khatami wants. But that would mean nothing but a tactical move; the strategy of terror remains unchanged.

19 posted on 01/26/2004 8:43:39 AM PST by DoctorZIn (Until they are Free, "We shall all be Iranians!")
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Tehran Terrorfest

January 26, 2004
New York Post
Amir Taheri
20 posted on 01/26/2004 8:44:57 AM PST by DoctorZIn (Until they are Free, "We shall all be Iranians!")
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The Jihad on Iraq

January 26, 2004
National Review Online
Michael Ledeen

Bad analysis and bad policy.

In the months leading up to the liberation of Iraq, I wrote that our great national debate was on the wrong subject, because we were obsessively focused on Iraq alone, rather than on the group of countries that sponsored terrorism. I warned that Iran, Saudi Arabia, and Syria were plotting with Saddam Hussein to organize a combination of terrorist actions and political uprisings to drive us out of Iraq and Afghanistan. And I insisted that Iran was the keystone of the terror network — as the State Department had documented for many years — and was therefore the logical first target in our response to the Axis of Evil.

We are still engaged in that misleading debate. We are still focused on Iraq alone, although the president continues to say that the war involves a group of countries that support a network of terror organizations.

Bad analysis leads inevitably to bad policy, and our narrow focus on Iraq costs lives. Widespread terrorism and political demonstrations are not organized solely, or even primarily, by the shattered remnants of Saddam's Baathist regime, nor by the splintered pieces of al Qaeda. The war against us in Iraq and Afghanistan is an existential struggle guided, funded, and armed by tyrannical regimes in Iran, Syria, and Saudi Arabia, because they are convinced — rightly enough — that if we succeed, they are doomed to fall in a regional democratic revolution. Their plan, modeled on the strategy that drove us out of Lebanon in the 1980s, was prepared long before we attacked.

They made no secret of their intentions. Prior to the liberation, Syrian President Bashar Assad publicly called for a "Lebanon strategy," and in August, the head of Hezbollah, Sheikh Hassan Nasrallah, called for the entire Muslim world to join in a jihad against Americans in Iraq. Throughout, Iranian leaders and Saudi clerics have denounced the American actions in Iraq and joined the call for jihad.

The cooperative strategy evidently included the secret transfer of Iraqi weapons of mass destruction to neighboring countries. According to a recent statement by Nizar Nayouf, a brave Syrian journalist who was arrested and tortured for a decade after criticizing Hafez al Assad's brutalities, Iraqi WMDs were hidden in three primary locations in Syria. He has provided maps of the secret locations, which he says came from dissident elements at high levels of the Syrian military and intelligence services. (He has also claimed that billions of dollars from Saddam's personal stash were smuggled into Syrian and Lebanese banks, and these claims have been substantially verified). And last October, the CIA was indirectly approached by a man who claimed to have carried a quantity of enriched uranium from Iraq to Iran four years ago. He offered to take American inspectors to the secret underground laboratory from which the uranium was taken, but the CIA declined the offer. Someone might ask David Kay why, after initial enthusiasm, he changed his mind and decided not to look.

Shortly after the dreadful earthquake in Bam, Iran, the Syrians pretended to deliver emergency aid, but actually loaded their transport planes with Iranian money and weapons for Hezbollah, to be used against us in Iraq and against Israel from bases in Syrian-occupied south Lebanon. And earlier this month, evidence was presented in an Israeli court that showed that the Iranian regime routinely transfers large sums of money through puppet organizations into Syrian and Palestinian banks. The money is then rerouted to Islamic Jihad, Hamas, and other terror groups. Another case of Iranian money moving through Hezbollah and the Palestinian Authority to terror groups was announced on January 15 by Israeli security officials in Nablus, where three brothers involved in the scheme had recently been arrested.

Last November, Saddam's top missile expert, Modhr Sadeq-Saba, ran from Iraq to Iran, which is actively pursuing the development of nuclear weapons and intermediate-range delivery systems. And American officials on the ground in Iraq have seen abundant evidence of Iranian support for terrorist operations. The Associated Press reported on January 19 that "U.S. soldiers found a homemade bomb that they believe was left inside an unfinished house by a group of Iranians in Samarra." When Mujahid Ghul, the top al Qaeda thug in Iraq, was arrested last Friday, it was further confirmation of Iran's role. Ghul reported directly to Zarkawi, who has long operated out of Tehran (abundant evidence of which has been publicly presented in both German and Italian court proceedings against other members of Zarkawi's gang).

Meanwhile, the menace to the free world grows. Saudi Arabia is reportedly seeking nuclear weapons, and the AP tells us (January 20) that "Iran has reneged on a promise to fully suspend uranium enrichment."

In short, while Iraq is the current battlefield, the real war extends far beyond its borders, and we will remain under attack in Iraq so long as the tyrannical regimes in Damascus, Riyadh, and Tehran are left free to kill us and the embattled Iraqis. There is more at stake than human casualties, for it is unreasonable to expect Iraqi Shiite leaders to fully cooperate with Coalition forces until and unless they see that we are fighting the jihadists and protecting Iraqis from them. If you were the Ayatollah Sistani, and saw that the Iranians had arranged for the murder of two of your most distinguished colleagues (Ayatollahs Khoi and Hakim), would you not cater to Iranian desires in the political debates in Baghdad, especially if the Iranians promised (as I have been told) millions of dollars for your religious community? If you saw thousands of Iranian-sponsored operatives all over your country, and listened to more than a dozen Iranian-operated radio and television stations in Iraq, while the Americans had yet to provide a single effective channel for the country, would you not take out insurance and call for a quick transfer of sovereignty to Iraqis? Jerry Bremer is a very convincing man, but he is leaving in a few months, and Sistani and the others will have to deal with murderous mullahs and ambitious Syrian Baathists next door.

The terror masters do not limit their jihad to Iraq. Late last month, the Iranian newspaper Jomhuri-ye Eslami published an open call to the Egyptian people to assassinate President Hosni Mubarak, whom the paper — which speaks for "Supreme Leader" Ali Khamenei — called "the butcher of Cairo." Turkish authorities captured one of the organizers of the suicide bombings in Istanbul last December as he was trying to cross the border into Iran, and it is now generally acknowledged that top al Qaeda figures, including bin Laden, Zawahiri, and the usual Zarkawi, have long stayed in and operated from Iranian territory.

In his State of the Union address, President Bush promised to relentlessly pursue the war against terror. He has proven to be a man of his word, and the Saudis, Syrians, and Iranians are no doubt praying for his defeat in November. This suspicion was reinforced over the weekend in Davos, where Senator Joe Biden was granted a conversation with the Iranian foreign minister, while Senator Elizabeth Dole had earlier been told to stay out of Iran, even though she was carrying medicine and food for earthquake victims and Biden had received tens of thousands of dollars from a pro-Iranian lobby. They are happy to talk to a Democrat, but locked out a Republican.

The mullahs know their best chance for survival is to defeat us in Iraq before we vigorously support their own people against them. Both our national interest and our national values demand that we give that support — political support, not further military action — now, before Iraq gets much worse.
21 posted on 01/26/2004 8:46:21 AM PST by DoctorZIn (Until they are Free, "We shall all be Iranians!")
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Mr. Hedayat is that man who wrote an open letter (( The following post )), I had it in my Archive and would like to repost again - Pilot


(An Open Letter to President Khatami, From an Iranian Journalist)

What comes here is an open letter by one of my dear compatriots, my dear friend, A. Hedayat, to the so-called president Khatami, the smiling mullah whose smile seems to have deceived some of the E.U. leaders!!!

He is a journalist who resides in Iran, in the city of Tabriz . Read his words carefully, as he is another member of the "Burnt Generation".
(The letter is translated from its original Persian and some parts are excluded for brevity.)

Attention: The President of the Islamic Republic of Iran Mr. Khatami
Your Excellency

I am Ali Hedayat, a journalist who was captured and after being beaten, got transferred to the Police Intelligence prison on 16th June by the vigilantes of Tabriz. Seventeen members of the vigilantes were involved in this process. They punched and kicked me for more than 300 times. They cursed me, my mother and my wife with very obscene words for hundreds of times which I will have to mention exactly in the following without any consideration and euphemism.

Also you will find out in this report that by "plainclothesmen of Tabriz" I do not only refer to the Basiji (voluntary) forces or the forces of the so-called Mosque Bases. 90 percent of those people were the official personnel of the police disciplinary forces (Law Enforcement Forces) of the Islamic Republic "NAJA", the intelligence office of the disciplinary forces, the anti narcotics office of the Police forces and public places supervision office. The remaining 10 percent were members of the Revolutionary Guards (Sepaah-e-Paasdaaraan) and Basiji forces of the factories and official organisations.

Your Excellency!

The blows that the trained members of the Disciplinary Forces inflicted on people were much more painful than those of the Basiji's and the members of the Revolutionary guards (they need to be trained and practice more!) since the latter left bruises and wounds and inflammations, unlike the former who were trained and knew how to do their job without leaving an evidence.

Your Excellency!

Before I get to the point let me inform you that none of the judges or the interrogators of our trials ever bothered to ask us why our eyes, foreheads, chins and whole bodies were inflamed and bruised. They didn't bother to ask us who had attacked us so savagely and ruthlessly. They didn't bother to ask whether we wanted to see a doctor or to be sent to a medical examiner. They didn't bother to ask us whether we had any complaints or not.

They did not even suspect that these ruthless vigilantes arrested people and beat them to death and after discovering that they were innocent, kept them in prison for some time until their wounds are cured, so that nobody would detect the truth.

I take witness the primary verdicts made by the judges of the (Islamic) revolutionary courts who had ordered (after the interrogations) that many of the young prisoners had to be released on the 20th and 21st of June provided their families could afford to pay a five-million toman bail. On the contrary, they were kept for more than three more weeks so that their wounds wouldn't be left as evidence against the vigilantes.
Your Excellency!

I apologise if (in some sentences) my pen is fouled with swear words and obscenity. For if you had also received knee-kicks in your testicles and could have also been able to feel the killing pain, you would definitely stop smiling and sitting calmly in rest posing as a reformist. You would have definitely started the never-put-into-practice reforms in practice. In spite of the fact that 17 people had mistaken me for a punching bag, all my emphasis on being sent by the judge to a medical examiner was in vain.
Any way….

In the morning of 16th of June I was notified that the university students were going to show their opposition to the government inside the university in support of the students of the universities of Tehran and other cities.

I, as a journalist who is also a university graduate in the same field, carrying my journalist card issued by the ministry of Islamic Culture and Guidance and another card from the local officials of "East Azarbaijan" province went inside the university with a few other journalists and stayed then until noon. But then the guarding forces identified most of the journalist and dismissed them from the university.

(Mr. Hedayat describes the circumstances before his arrest and continue)

It was still 7:30 p.m. when a group of five plainclothesmen passed us by, one of them showed me to the others pointing to me with his head and his eyebrows.

I told my friends: "let's leave here, they showed me to each other, they are gonna beat me…."

My friends laughed at me and said, "What do they have to do with us?" Accusing me of being a paranoid, they continued saying "even if they wish to beat anybody they would do it with the ones who are chanting slogans. You could only be their last choice!"

It was just after 7:30 p.m. and we were sitting on a bench and I was trying to write down the slogans, which we could hear from inside the university or the street with my "Parker" fountain pen. Suddenly we noticed that a group of 7-8 people were approaching us quickly from the pavement. Some of my colleagues went back for a few steps but I couldn't move for three reasons: first of all I thought that if move I would be considered as an agitator. Secondly I presumed that my escape would encourage them to follow me and finally since I already knew what they were after me, therefore my escape would be of no use.

I sat where I was sitting and my only choice was to shout that I was a journalist, so that they and others would notice so that in case they beat or captured me the story wouldn't remain silent.

The first person that reached the bench was a "Mr. Iman Nejad" who started beating me with his punches and kicks. He is the head of the Public Places Supervision Office of the disciplinary forces (Amaaken-e-NAJA). He had only started that 6-7 other people also arrived.

"…You are a journalist?!..."
"…Eat Shit…mother fucker…."
"I'll fuck your mouth."

They were saying these sentences and beating me at the same time and no body listened to my cries that I was a journalist….

A few of them held my hands and the rest of them were beating me with their boots and shoes and punches. They were more than 15 people by this time. They took turns in beating me, each time one of them came forward aimed one part of my body hit me with a few punches and kicks and then went back and another face would appear with new curses.

In between, a yellow-faced youth by the name of "Colonel Roostaa", deputy commander of the Intelligence of The Disciplinary Forces of Tabriz arrived at this crowd.

As he was beating me on my jaws on the left and right he said, "I'll cut your testicles…" "You inform the world? …I won't let you live in this city. You'll be dead in less than 6 months!"….

I remember that as I was there lying at the curbs, one of those people held my head in his hands. I was surprised by this action and heard another voice shouting: "no…don't hit his head to the curbs…." So the guy turned my head from the curbs toward the grass and hit it hard there. The voice ordered, "Take him away so that they wouldn't kill him…."

Under those conditions I found a ray of hope with this sentence. They took me to the traffic department room a few meters away. As I was there, two guys entered the room and to my greatest surprise started beating me to death until they got tired. I remember that I tried to provoke their religious sense and said "Muslims! at least give me a glass of water."

All was in vain. No religious taste.

After some time one of them said: "Handcuff him and hold his hands up so that everybody would see him wouldn't kill him!" This was the first time that I felt the cold steel handcuffs on my wrists. As my nose, my mouth, my teeth were bleeding and there was a lot of blood on my clothes, we left the room and passing though these people each one of them took advantage of the time once again and kicked me. After a short while they changed their minds and decided not to walk. They stopped a car and we three people sat in the back seat.

The driver was astonished, therefore he asked: "what has this poor guy done?"

On of the vigilantes answered:" This mother fucker is a journalist for VOA and BBC and Radio Farda. He informs that bitch, Maryam Rajavi (the co-leader of the Mojahedeen Khalq Organisation). He is a spy. He is a traitor…etc."

They asked what he thought so he turned back and cursed me, but I could read it in his eyes that he was afraid and was begging me with them.

I forgave him there.

They took me to the police station and as we wanted to get off the car they covered my head so that no body would photograph me, which could "disgrace" them! One of them put my jacket on my head and covered my face with it. Also before that, the time when we were in the car they had pushed my head to the lowest position possible.

There was a guard who hit me in the eyes.

Those minutes that I spent there were like ages for me. They were beating me as a group; they were beating me in my testicles, my belly and my face with no rest. After that a revolutionary guard arrived and as if he wanted to throw an 80 kilogram punching bag into the sky he punched my in my chest and on my heart with all his power, I hadn't received such a strong blow until then, I couldn't breathe and tears filled my eyes due to the intensity of the pain.

They emptied my pockets and found my journalist cards and documents such as cash card and also my pen and my cell phone.

They took all of them from me.

After that they forced me and the others into a bus and took us to the prison of Tabriz. As we were sent there on the 19th of June I had my first meal, which was the breakfast of the prison for the first time after my capture. Even the time when the head of the police of East Azarbaijan came to visit the detainees I told him that those guys avoided giving us even the mere warm tap water, let alone food.

I told him but in return they didn't even give us a piece of bread.

After that the interrogations started again and the interrogators kept on asking me questions on what were the names of the foreign radios and televisions and newspapers and magazines that I sent news for? And how much money I had received from them, as these people believed I was very rich and their reason for that was, by their conclusion, my well-pressed clothes and suspenders!

Their other conforming discovery on considering me as a rich and callous journalist who was working for the CIA and (US President George W.) Bush was the pressing of my clothes, which was "too" tidy for them. This, also, brought me more beatings.

The other issue put forward by the interrogator was that I gave false news to the foreign media to provoke the people against the regime. But the irony was that the guy could not even count "one" case to prove himself. Later the judge also based whatever he said on these sorts of comments but with no acceptable reason.

I didn't notice my bloody diarrhoea on the first day but later it got worse with very serious bleeding, so they took me to "Kowsar" clinic, which is affiliated to the police. There the doctors refused to visit me as the agents accompanying me didn't pay the money and I didn't have any money with me as whatever I had was already confiscated. The physician of the clinic accepted to examine me for free in the end. When he saw that I, a journalist, was beaten like that, he laughed and joked: "who is safe, then?!..."

After a few days the prison guard opened the small window on the metal door of my cell and said that the judge was waiting for me. They took me to the judge blindfolded. He said that my charges were: "advertising against the government", "attacking the police with a knife" and "interviewing with foreign radios". I rejected and said that two of my charges were " press crimes" and were to be tried in the "press court". I also requested to be sent to a forensic pathologist as I could have diseases in the future due to those blows I had received on my testicles, head, teeth and eyes.

The judge said: "do you want that for future possibilities?" I answered yes; he replied:" You can see it your self that these days we are very busy. Let me see what I can do in the later."

One evening they took me to see my mother and my wife. As we were passing through the yard, I could recognise a lot of my attackers and I got frightened to find out that most of my "plainclothesmen" attackers were the "official" personnel of that office.

I told my mother that I had been beaten as I had been transferred to that place but since entering I had not been beaten and also told her that at that time I was only afraid of the future as one of the attackers (whose was colonel Roosta’i) had made a vow to kill me. As I said this the agent who was there stopped the conversation and I was taken away.

I had demand my mother to announce on the radios that I was worried about my life. That doubled the problem. A soldier told me afterwards that they were not going to kill me and also advised me that in case I was taken to the basement "close your eyes and stiffen your muscles. The rest is not important!"

I tried to concentrate and make myself ready for the new beating session.

I would like to admit that I am not a hero and I, also, get afraid. At times before they were taking me for interrogations and torture I wetted myself for which I hated myself. But I couldn't help it. I was handcuffed and they were absolutely free to do whatever they wanted with me. In this country a normal citizen has no rights. He is not even considered as a human being let alone having any rights.

The only document that is used here most of the times is the confession of the poor detainee and for that purpose one thing is sufficient: "force".

As I was in the prison I heard of a lot of terrifying stories of the youth who were arrested and tortured to confess. I learned of different methods such as: "grilling", "jack in crutch", "24 hour-on-foot", "hanging weights to the testicles" and… flogging and bastinado were among the simple methods.

They interrogated me for several times and made me sign some sheets and also wanted me to make a commitment not to interview with foreign radios but I refused as I believed that it was not the word of law. On the other hand I told them that the judge could easily nullify my social right in journalism so that I wouldn't be active in this field anymore. This was my answer. One of the interrogators told me that it was the order of the Security Council (Supreme Council for National Security) that no one was allowed to interview with the foreign radios, I said that in case such a law existed really, I would be obliged to observe it.

Anyway after all these days, finally the so-called judge ruled that I could be released provided that my family would leave a 3.000,000,000 Rial (37.500 US Dollars) bail.

After all this I was released.

I went back to receive my cell phone (they are very expensive in Iran the regime charges nearly 625 dollars for each sim card and in the free market it is more than 1000 dollars which is too much for the average Iranian people whose income is less than 200 dollars per month) they said it wouldn't be returned. They didn't give back my journalist card my cash card either. As I went to a police station to which I was guided for the purpose, I notice that those official members of the police who were in uniforms treated me with respect, which was exactly opposite the way that the plainclothes had been treating me until that time. But I could feel that they kept their distance from me, this was quite obvious. It was as if they were afraid of something. They did their best to help me as much as they could, but the problem was somewhere else.

This report was only a short summary I hope that I will be able to write a book of my observations in the near future.

I hereby, would like to say that our lives are in danger as people like a so-called colonel Roosta’i and henchmen like him have threatened us. They are after us. Therefore if any of us gets killed or kidnapped, or any member of my family, have an accident in a street or anywhere else, if we get shot or stabbed or fall from a mount, -- things which have already happened for dissidents in Iran under the mullahs -- I announce in advance that those people and their henchmen and accomplices are responsible.

Are there any people, politicians, men and women in this country who will defend our human rights or do we have to wish that we were citizens of other countries like Canada?
Ali Hedayat
Independent and free journalist from Tabriz

And this is how it goes and goes in this plagued country. We have lost a lot of people like Mr. Hedayat in the past. They didn't even have the chance to "write" their observations for the others.

The girl students were raped at the nights of their executions in the next morning by the fatwas of the clerics for the charge of having a dissident magazine with themselves.

Their families even had to pay for the bullets by which their loved ones were executed. They didn't even have the right to be buried in a grave in the cemetery of the city.

Those boy and girl students, my peers, who were captured recently didn't have this right. They didn't want others to decide on how they think and what religion or ideology they preferred.

They hated to be called a Muslim only because they were forced to.

Human rights are what we are fighting for. That is why we get captured and tortured.

Editor’s note: Koorosh Afshar is a pseudonym for a student in Tehran. His name has been changed for his protection.

The above letter was published by the Paris-based "Iran va Jahan" (Iran and the World) website on 5 August.

Highlights, some editorial works and explanations (inside brackets) are by IPS
22 posted on 01/26/2004 8:47:13 AM PST by F14 Pilot ("Terrorists declared war on U.S. and War is what they Got!")
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The Jihad on Iraq

January 26, 2004
National Review Online
Michael Ledeen
23 posted on 01/26/2004 8:58:38 AM PST by DoctorZIn (Until they are Free, "We shall all be Iranians!")
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Thanks for the ping!
24 posted on 01/26/2004 9:54:33 AM PST by Alamo-Girl
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Khatami probes into unrest 'striking workers'

Monday, January 26, 2004 - ©2003

TEHRAN, Jan 26 (AFP) -- Iranian President Mohammad Khatami has ordered an official probe into a clash between security forces and striking workers at a copper factory in southeastern Iran which killed four and left 40 injured, the official news agency IRNA said Monday.

"Delegations from the president's office, Interior Ministry and Kerman Governor General's office are examining the unrest in Shahr-e Babak," said provincial governor Seifollah Shahdad-Nejad.

IRNA said the casualties from Saturday's rioting came after riot police fought a pitched battle to stop protestors from rampaging through state buildings. But the report blamed the rioting on "a gang of 300 motorbikers."

Shahdad-Nejad told the agency that calm had been restored to the area and the situation was under control.

Workers had downed tools a few days earlier to support their demands for permanent contracts, a reformist deputy said on Sunday. Mansur Soleymanni Meymandi told parliament that authorities had inflamed the crisis by pouring in riot police.
25 posted on 01/26/2004 2:32:31 PM PST by freedom44
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Ah, the annual Terrorfest.....a target-rich environment.
26 posted on 01/26/2004 3:55:51 PM PST by nuconvert ( It's a naive domestic Burgundy without any breeding, ..I think you'll be amused by its presumption)
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Shamkhani warned last month it would consider using the Shahab-3 missiles if Israel struck its nuclear facilities.

These people don't need an excuse to attack Israel--at least they haven't since 1948.

They have the PR savvy of the Clark-Moore team.

27 posted on 01/26/2004 7:49:28 PM PST by PhilDragoo (Hitlery: das Butch von Buchenvald)
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The old view is expressed in a celebrated dictum of Khomeini that is painted on the walls of the conference center where the militants will meet: "America Cannot Do A Damn Thing!"

Yet America can do a JDAM thing--on you!

28 posted on 01/26/2004 8:01:10 PM PST by PhilDragoo (Hitlery: das Butch von Buchenvald)
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Iraq, Syria, Iran: baddabing, baddabang, baddaboom.
29 posted on 01/26/2004 8:02:49 PM PST by PhilDragoo (Hitlery: das Butch von Buchenvald)
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Government Says It May Refuse To Organize Elections

January 26, 2004
Radio Free Europe

Prague -- Iran's reformist government says it may refuse to organize next month's parliamentary elections after hard-liners have disqualified thousands of candidates from standing.

A spokesman said the government cannot sponsor an unfair election. The Guardians Council has banned almost half of 8,200 would-be candidates in the 20 February elections.

Reports also say that many members of parliament are preparing their resignations to protest the ban. Earlier, the Guardians Council rejected parliamentary legislation aimed at limiting the grounds for disallowing candidates in the elections.

Meanwhile in Brussels, European Union foreign ministers today kept plans for a new economic cooperation pact with Iran on hold. Irish Foreign Minister Brian Cowen, speaking for the Irish EU presidency, said the union is now hoping for "free and fair elections."

An EU decision on reviving stalled talks on the pact will probably be taken after the elections.
30 posted on 01/26/2004 8:04:50 PM PST by DoctorZIn (Until they are Free, "We shall all be Iranians!")
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Analysis: Iran Vote Crisis Escalating

January 26, 2004
United Press International
Modher Amin

TEHRAN -- A political crisis over Iran's upcoming parliamentary elections intensified Monday as the country's hard-line Guardian Council vetoed an emergency electoral bill aimed at restricting the power of the watchdog body in screening aspiring candidates.

The bill, comprising two clauses to amend the existing election law, was passed by the reformist-dominated Parliament on Sunday under the category of "triple urgent" -- the highest designation of importance for legislation used when Parliament feels the country is in serious political or military danger. Such a designation has not been employed since an Islamic regime was established in Iran in 1979.

One clause required the council to allow all candidates or sitting members of Parliament approved in past elections to seek office unless there were solid legal evidence against them.

The other clause, openly aimed at eliminating politically motivated disqualifications, envisaged that anyone, whose record is in question, could run in the contest if their qualifications were endorsed by at least 10 local confidants.

Earlier this month, the vetting council barred almost half of the 8,157 hopefuls, including 83 sitting lawmakers, from running in the Feb. 20 elections, setting off, what analysts have called, Iran's worst political crisis in years.

Most of those banned have been accused of being disloyal to Islamic values and the establishment, including "practical" commitment to a key article of the Constitution and guiding principle of Iran's Islamic theocracy, the Velayat-e-Faqih or Islamic jurisprudence.

The act, seen as an attempt to assure a new hard-line control of the 290-seat parliament, provoked strong anger among reformists.

Dozens of deputies have continued their sit-in protest in the Parliament building for a third consecutive week, while many senior officials, including President Mohammad Khatami, have threatened to resign.

On Saturday, the Iranian press published a list, naming 76 deputy ministers who had tendered their resignations to Khatami.

The move by protesting legislators has also been supported widely by university lecturers, while students, who so far having kept silent over the crisis, are planning to organize mass protests to denounce hard-liners, according to a student leader who declined to be identified.

Being under immense pressure to take decisive measures, Khatami has heavily criticized the disqualifications, calling for "healthy, free and competitive elections," but, at the same time, appealing for calm.

In his latest reaction to the council's "slow" reviewing of the blacklist, Khatami issued Saturday a joint statement with parliamentary speaker Mehdi Karroubi, demanding a "full review" of the disqualified candidates.

Last week, in a bid to defuse the row, Iran's supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei asked the council to reconsider the disqualifications.

However, the powerful body, whose members of six clerics and an equal number of Islamic lawyers are directly or indirectly appointed by Khamenei, has, so far, reinstated only some 350 candidates, none of whom are sitting MPs.

Having pledged to be "lenient," the council promised a thorough revision of disqualifications by the end of the month.

"We will yield to what the leader has told us to do, that is to be lenient with the candidates, but within the framework of the law," the council's secretary, Ayatollah Ahmad Jannati, said at the weekly prayers in Tehran on Friday. He was apparently referring to reformers' charges that the council had been defying Khamenei's orders.

Reacting to the veto, reformist Deputy Mohsen Armin was quoted Monday as having said the Guardian Council had shown it had no will to resolve the crisis logically.

"It only makes MPs adopt a stronger position and seriously consider mass resignations and boycotting the elections," he said, echoing previous warnings by the reform-controlled Interior Ministry that it would not be ready to hold elections if the situation persisted.

Armin, known for his sharp tongue, had earlier predicted Khatami would not be able to finish his term in office (ending June 2005) if the crisis were not resolved in the favor of reformists.

"Khatami cannot back down and show the lack of resolve we have seen from him in the past," he said, according to media reports last week. "Vacillation and incertitude on this instance will translate into the closing of Khatami's chapter and his reform agenda."

With neither side appearing to relinquish its position and considering previous threats also by some leading reformist parties of a boycott of the polls, analysts say the recent veto could even lead to greater political chaos in coming days.

Despite public silence so far toward the mounting political standoff, some observers predict that if the situation is not resolved in the next one or two weeks' time, the country could see the public react by demonstrating in the streets of Tehran either in support or opposition to the protesting lawmakers.

But political events in Iran, as the pro-reform English-language newspaper Iran News put it Sunday, are "unpredictable," so that the situation could "turn on a dime."
31 posted on 01/26/2004 8:05:47 PM PST by DoctorZIn (Until they are Free, "We shall all be Iranians!")
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Maverick Militia Commander and Several Officers Executed in Iran

SMCCDI (Information Service)
Jan 26, 2004

The Islamic republic regime has executed the famous and maverick Brigadier-General Mohamad-Mehdi Dozdoozani following a speedy trial.

Dozdoozani, a hero of war and one of the high commander of the Pasdaran Corp. (the Guardians of Islamic Revolution created to protect the Islamic republic), was executed along with several other officers in the Heshmatie Military facilities.

This is the first time that such high rank dissident Pasdaran Corp. officer is executed by the Islamic regime which was preferring till now to arrange accidents for the dissidents of its armed forces.

Dozdoozani became an open critic of the regime following the endorsement of a famous public letter entitled "We're Combatants". In this letter signed by tens of officers of the Pasdaran Corp., the regime's leaders were attacked for corruption and injustices.

Arrested, last summer, for disobedience and promotion of rebellion, Dozdoozani and several of his officers were finally executed on the request of the Supreme Leader in order to create fear among thousands of other members of the Pasdaran Corp. dischanted by the regime.
32 posted on 01/26/2004 8:11:58 PM PST by DoctorZIn (Until they are Free, "We shall all be Iranians!")
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33 posted on 01/26/2004 8:37:39 PM PST by windchime (Podesta about Bush: "He's got four years to try to undo all the stuff we've done." (TIME-1/22/01))
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34 posted on 01/27/2004 12:07:19 AM PST by DoctorZIn (Until they are Free, "We shall all be Iranians!")
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