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Iranian Alert -- DAY 38 -- LIVE THREAD PING LIST
The Iranian Student Movement Up To The Minute Reports ^ | 7.17.2003 | DoctorZin

Posted on 07/17/2003 12:36:42 AM PDT by DoctorZIn

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

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

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

Iran is a country ready for a regime change. If you follow this thread you will witness, I believe, the transformation of a nation. This daily thread provides a central place where those interested in the events in Iran can find the best news and commentary.

Please continue to join us here, post your news stories and comments to this thread.

Thanks for all the help.

DoctorZin


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Iranian ambassador says Zahra Kazemi buried in Iran

16 July 2003 -

Reporters Without Borders called for exhumation of the body of Canadian-Iranian photo-journalist Zahra Kazemi (see photo) after being told by the Iranian ambassador to France that she had already been buried, apparently before completion of enquiries into how she died. Iranian Vice-President Mohammad Ali Abtahi said she had been beaten to death.

http://www.rsf.org/rubrique.php3?id_rubrique=20
4 posted on 07/17/2003 12:39:13 AM PDT by DoctorZIn (IranAzad... Until they are free, we shall all be Iranians!)
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From containment to empowerment
Let the democratic movement of the Iranian people to develop from inside

May 19, 2003
The Iranian

Expanded version of a talk given at the University of Washington’s Persian Studies Program, Seattle, Washington, on Saturday, May 17, 2003.

The US-Iran relations can only be assessed in a boarder context of the global United States foreign policy and in particular in regards to the Middle East. It is also important to look at how the new right’s influence has shaped the US foreign policy in the current administration, and how the events of September 11, 2001, have provided the much-needed domestic justification for this policy.

The title of this panel discussion suggests that while “containment” refers to the Islamic Republic regime in power in Iran, the “empowerment” applies to the Iranian people – a policy which has also presumably been the motivation behind the US military attacks on Afghanistan and Iraq over the last two years.

These two wars have indeed provided us with ample evidence about the thinking behind the rhetoric’s of the new American foreign policy under President George W. Bush. These had been spelled out in the past by prominent figures of this administration, but were generally ignored as being irrelevant at the time, as few if any of them had any influence in the corridors of power then.

Now that they are well positioned in the Pentagon, the State Department and the White House, we understand what “Project for the New American Century” meant or what "Pax Americana" was all about. In effect, we are facing a policy of empowerment, not much of the nations under dictatorial rule, but of the global American power in a unipolar world dominated by a single superpower.

It is well documented that the current policy, followed under the general term of “fighting terrorism”, was formulated well before September 11, but that the tragic events of that day provided the means to persuade a sceptic American public opinion for military intervention in countries suspected of supporting or harbouring terrorism.

Make no mistake: the US involvement in the Middle East has all the hallmarks of colonialism, in the classical sense. Of course almost all similar adventures in the past too had some justification in terms of securing the trade routes, advancing the cause of civilization and/or bringing the words of God to the natives. And of course, not all colonialist adventures in the past were malign or of no benefit to the humankind.

Indeed, it can be said that civilisation as we know it would have been poorer if not for great advances by empires in the past. But the by-products of these advances should not obscure the fact that the real motivations behind almost all of them have been greed and the quest for power and domination.

Moreover, an inevitable outcome of these adventures has been the eventual rise of the people who have been at the receiving end, and the humiliating withdrawal or defeat of the foreign power. The history of the birth of the United States provides ample evidence for this. As all empires have experienced in the past, military intervention may bring swift victory at first but inflict a lengthy headache later.

Today it is mainly this awakened desire of the current world superpower for world domination that has drastically changed the political map of the Middle East in less than two years. It is also the same policy, which is at the heart of the administration’s thinking towards Iran.

Iran under the Islamic Republic regime is not only a police state with horrible record on human rights and a bastion of Islamic fundamentalism and terrorism attached to it, but also an obstacle to the American influence in the area and its desire to pacify the region both for itself and for its ally in the area, Israel.

And so, we see a shift of policy from containment of the Iranian regime in the 80’s and 90’s to what is now termed as empowerment. As I mentioned earlier, “empowerment” was also the buzzword frequently used in the case of military actions in Afghanistan and Iraq.

These two countries have so far paid a heavy price in lives and devastations, with little evidence of how much power the average citizen have achieved or will acquire in the process. But the military actions have secured their primary aims: a permanent foothold for American military in those countries, and regime changes moulded in a way to guarantee American political and financial interests for the foreseeable future.

In the case of Iran, is it very doubtful that the American administration will be using the same military means. But that the eventual end is the same, is not in doubt. Here, the Americans are hopeful that a groundswell of public opposition to the current regime in Iran combined with political and military pressure would do the job for them with no need for military intervention. And that of course is a strong possibility.

In Iran of today, unlike Afghanistan or Iraq, there is a very strong and vociferous public opposition to the current regime. This opposition has been demonstrated in so many ways, from national opinion polls to public displays of anger and dissent, to widespread boycott of the nationwide local election on 28th February this year.

What is lacking is a strong opposition force that can galvanise this public discontent into a mass political movement and present a credible democratic alternative to the Islamic Republic regime.

This is very much recognised by the opposition political elite in Iran, and as the situation becomes more critical there are signs that old rivalries and mistrusts are giving way to a new understanding among many Iranian democratic political figures and tendencies, both right and left, towards a common solution. In this critical situation, the way the Americans are going to behave would have a very definite and profound effect on the eventual outcome of these moves.

If empowerment of the Iranian people is the real aim of the US policy towards Iran, it must be understood and committed that no military intervention in Iran in any form or shape or in any circumstances should be considered. Such an intervention would only strengthen the hands of anti-democratic forces in Iran.

Moreover, even purely on military grounds, such an adventure may not be as easily pursued and terminated as that of Iraq or Afghanistan.The US military forces in both Afghanistan and Iraq encountered armies who were mainly trained in offensive rather than defensive tactics. As a result, these armies were not much of use in defensive positions. Iranians, on the other hand, have had an 8-year experience of a largely defensive war, and as such well may prove a hard nut to crack in the battlefields.

The US should also refrain from making deals with the so-called pragmatists in the current Iranian regime who are pursuing a Chines-style rapprochement with the West and hope for a Nixon-like response in return. The political developments in Iran has far outstripped that of China in the 70’s, and any deal with the Islamic Republic regime which ignores the democratic aspirations of the Iranian people is doomed to a spectacular failure from the outset.

Instead, the US would best serve the interests of the Iranian and American people by applying maximum political pressure on the Iranian regime for improvement of human rights, and getting the European and other democratic countries on its side to apply the same pressure on the Iranian regime, and by supporting the strong and vibrant democratic forces inside Iran.

It should also refrain from any selective approach towards Iranian opposition political figures and tendencies and from trying to prop up or promote those whose political ideas it finds more akin to its ideological stands. In other words, it should take a broad view of the Iranian political scene, keeping away from showing favours to any political leader, and allow the future political leaders of Iran to emerge rather than being propped up.

Only if these conditions (no military intervention, no behind the scene deals with the current regime, and no leader making) are met, the American pressure on Iran could be termed “empowerment” and would be welcomed by the vast majority of the Iranian people. It would also serve the best interests of the United States of America in the long-term.

It is worth pointing out that the American policy towards Iran and the Middle East over the last half a century have mostly been determined not solely from the view point of the United States and its national interests, but by consideration of a third country. During the cold war, it was the Soviet Union, which played a pivotal role in the American foreign policy in the Middle East.

The philosophy behind this approach was that what was bad for the Soviets must be good for America. This policy led first to the Americans propping and supporting a range of dictatorial regimes in the area (most notably in Iran), and when it did not work, to promoting the creation of a “green belt” on the southern borders of the Soviet Union.

However, as both experiences failed, and the “green belt” policy of the 70’s led to the emergence of Islamic fundamentalist regimes in Iran and Afghanistan, it became clear that this dichotomy did not always work - that not everything that was bad for the Soviet Union was necessarily good for America. And then September 11 finally brought home the disastrous consequences of such a dependent policy.

Now that the Soviet Union is gone, another country has taken its position as the determinant factor of US foreign policy in the area. The administration is now looking through the interests of Israel, and whatever the US does in the Middle East today is coloured by what is perceived to be good for Israel.

Again there is no guarantee that what is good for Israel would necessarily be good for America. The American power may secure Israeli supremacy in the area and eliminate any threat against it, but it may well put the Americans’ long-term security and interests in danger in a world infested with terrorism. As a result, the Americans may again have to pay a high price for such a dependent policy in the Middle East.

Only if Americans can articulate and follow an independent and non-interventionist foreign policy, can they in true form claim empowerment. They should look at what America’s long-term interests require rather than what the sort-term interests of Israel (or any other country for that matter) dictate.

Supporting democratic movements around the world, and allowing democracies to develop form inside are in the best interests of the United States in the long run. There are voices in America today calling for either military action in Iran or spending money on supporting certain political tendencies with little support inside of Iran but a high visibility outside of it.

Neither of these would serve the cause of democratic development in Iran or the long-term interests of the United States. A best policy is a people-centred policy – to put maximal pressure on the Iranian regime from outside and to let the democratic movement of the Iranian people to develop from inside.

America has a proud history of home-produced and developed democracy. It can be a major force in democratic developments around the world. For America’s long-term interests it is better to deal with a Turkey, which can use its democratic power to block an American request, than a Pakistan or Qatar that easily accepts what is dictated to it.

And as Americans are proud of establishing their democracy independently, they should allow the same to happen in other countries around the world. This is needed nowhere else more than in today's Iran.

Author

Hossein Bagher Zadeh is a human rights activist and commentator on Iranian political and human rights issues.



http://www.iranian.com/HosseinBagherzadeh/2003/May/US/index.html
5 posted on 07/17/2003 12:52:54 AM PDT by F14 Pilot
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America has already shown it intends to allow democracy to develop from within. The only way we will intervine is if American security is threatened.
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Kazemi's case will test Iranian reformers: Graham

By JEFF SALLOT and INGRID PERITZ
From Thursday's Globe and Mail

Ottawa and Montreal — The Iranian government's admission that Montreal photojournalist Zahra Kazemi died of a skull fracture suffered while in custody provoked Canadian demands yesterday that those responsible be identified and prosecuted.

"If crimes have been committed, we are demanding of the Iranian government to punish those who committed the crime, and we will push that case," Prime Minister Jean Chrétien said.

"It's completely unacceptable that a journalist goes there to do professional work and be threatened that way," he told a news conference in Shawinigan, Que.

"The government of Iran is a bit complicated, I am told," he added, referring to a power struggle between reformers, led by President Mohammed Khatami, and hard-line mullahs, which could make it difficult to ascertain the facts in the Kazemi case.

Earlier in the day, a key reformer, Iranian Vice-President Mohammed Ali Abtahi, said that Ms. Kazemi, 54, had a "brain hemorrhage caused by a beating."

Mr. Abtahi linked her death to a wave of arrests of independent journalists by unelected regime hard-liners.

"We have witnessed a kind of comprehensive attack" on journalists, Mr. Abtahi said, noting that the Kazemi case is hurting Iran's international reputation.

Health Minister Massoud Pezeshkian said in Tehran that he personally examined the body. Experts will examine the remains again to produce a final forensic report by today.

Interior Minister Abdolvahed Moussavi-Lari, another of the cabinet ministers President Khatami assigned to investigate, said the case "has nothing to do with Canada" because Ms. Kazemi was in Iran as an Iranian citizen.

Mr. Khatami, who has been locked in a political struggle with powerful clerics and a hard-line Islamic judiciary, said "the way that journalists and other citizens are being treated is raising questions" at home and abroad.

IRNA, the official press agency, quoted the President as ordering his justice and interior ministers to investigate the hard-liners' crackdown on journalists.

"The law is not something to be observed only by citizens. The law must also be observed by us," he said.

Foreign Affairs Minister Bill Graham told Canadian reporters the Kazemi case will be a test of whether Mr. Khatami and other reformers can prevail over the shadowy parallel power structure in Iran, which has its own secret police.

Mr. Graham said he told his Iranian counterpart in a telephone call yesterday that Canada expects "there will be no question of immunity in this case."

Mr. Graham said Kamal Kharrazi responded that "they would do their best to pursue anyone responsible" and bring them to justice.

Ms. Kazemi, a dual national, returned on assignment to her native Iran this spring, travelling on her Iranian passport. She was arrested June 23 for photographing demonstrators outside a Tehran prison.

Three days later, she was transferred to an Iranian hospital run by the hard-line Revolutionary Guard. She died last Friday of what Iranian authorities originally reported as a "brain attack" suffered while under interrogation.

In fact, Ms. Kazemi had a fractured skull, Mr. Graham said, quoting the Iranian Foreign Minister.

Mr. Kharrazi said investigators need a few more days to investigate how she was injured. The Iranian Foreign Minister suggested the injury might have been the result of a fall.

Mr. Graham said the Iranian government must get to the bottom of the case because the journalist was in their custody.

The Iranian Foreign Minister agreed and said the Canadian embassy in Iran will be kept informed of all developments, Mr. Graham said.

The Iranians have rejected Canadian offers of forensic and other technical assistance, saying they are competent to conduct their own criminal investigation.

Mr. Graham suggested the Iranian investigation should be given a bit more time, saying Canada can assess later whether there will a full airing of the facts or whether someone is hiding wrongdoing. "Let's give it a couple of days to work its way through this."

Canada will assess the way Iran deals with the Kazemi case in determining whether to move to closer economic and political relations with Iran, Mr. Graham said.

The Khatami government has been trying to cultivate better relations with Canada and Europe as a buffer between it and Washington. A hostile U.S. administration describes Iran as part of an "axis of evil."

Meanwhile, in Montreal, Ms. Kazemi's son, Stephan Hachemi, called Iran's admission "positive" but insisted his mother's body be returned to him in Canada.

He accused the Canadian government of being slow in helping resolve the question.

"She's Canadian. I'm Canadian. It's been two weeks since we heard the news" of her arrest, he told a press conference. "Nothing has moved. I didn't get any positive results, any concrete actions from the [Canadian] government."

He denied Ottawa's contention that the family is divided over where to bury the body.

Canadian diplomats say Ms. Kazemi's mother, who lives in Iran, wants her buried there.

Mr. Hachemi said he speaks regularly to his grandmother in Iran, but her phone is tapped and she is unable to speak freely.

"It has been clear between us, and all the members of the family, that [Ms. Kazemi] won't be buried in the land of the people who murdered her," he said. "She belongs with me, her only child."

Ms. Kazemi's father is also in Iran, in the family's native city, Shiraz. Frail and unable to walk, he has only recently been told of his daughter's death.

Amnesty International said Iran's admission of her beating was only a first step.

"What we need to see is a thorough judicial investigation into the full circumstances of her death, with a view of bringing those responsible to justice," Keith Rimstad said on behalf of Amnesty.

Iran still has to show the political will to probe her death, he said.

"There is a danger that if the political will isn't there, and the investigation doesn't meet international standards, at the end of the day we won't necessarily get to the truth of what happened."

There are conflicting reports about whether Ms. Kazemi's body has been buried. The journalist freedom group Reporters Without Borders says Iran's ambassador to France, Seyed Sadegh Kharazi, told a delegation yesterday that Ms. Kazemi had been buried in Iran on July 13 or 14. Canadian and Iranian officials insist that has not yet occurred.

Yesterday, the Quebec National Assembly called on the Iranian government to make public all information regarding Ms. Kazemi's death and to respect her son's demand to return his mother's body to Canada.

"There are still questions that are left unanswered. That is why the Quebec government joins its voice to that of Ms. Kazemi's son and the numerous people and groups who want to get to the bottom of this affair," said Monique Gagnon-Tremblay, Minister of International Affairs.

An exhibition of the photojournalist's work may be placed on display in the Quebec National Assembly as early as next fall.
With reports from Rhéal Séguin and AFP

http://www.theglobeandmail.com/servlet/story/RTGAM.20030717.ukazemi0717/BNStory/National/
7 posted on 07/17/2003 1:31:53 AM PDT by DoctorZIn (IranAzad... Until they are free, we shall all be Iranians!)
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IRAN ADMITS ZAHRA KAZEMI DIED ON "BLOWS" TO HER HEAD

PARIS 16 July (IPS) Admission by a high-ranking Iranian official that Ms. Zahra Kazemi, the Iranian-born Canadian photojournalist has died of brain injury "due to a blow" open the way for international investigations and the trial of the culprits, including officials of the Islamic Republic of Iran at international courts, according to lawyers and jurists.

Vice President for legal affairs, Hojjatoleslam Mohammad Ali Abtahi had told journalists on Wednesday that the results of an autopsy, ordered by the government, concluding that Ms. Kazemi had died "of a brain haemorrhage as a result of a blow".

A freelance photographer covering for Canadian publications and the London-based "Camera Press" agency, Ms. Kazemi, 54, was arrested on 23 June while taking pictures of demonstrations by the families of political prisoners near the notorious Evin prison in the outskirts of Tehran.

She died on 11 July in a Tehran hospital belonging to the Revolutionary Guards, after suffering brain injuries caused by violent blows during interrogation at the Information (Intelligence) Ministry.

The death, the first of a journalist during interrogation caused an international outcry by human rights and press watchdogs, calling on the Iranian authorities to identify the murderers and explain the exact circumstances of the arrest and the death of the photographer.

"Canadian Foreign Minister Bill Graham held telephone talks with his Iranian counterpart Kamal Kharrazi on Wednesday over the death of an Iranian photojournalist, who worked for Canada's Camera Press magazine", the official Iranian news agency reported.

But in an overt twist of the facts, IRNA did not explain what the case had to do with Canada if the slain journalist is an Iranian citizen, as the Iranian authorities claims with insistence, never mentioning that she had also Canadian citizenship, and also that Camera Press is not a Canadian, but a British photo agency.

"Kharrazi", IRNA added, stressed to Graham that the Islamic Republic of Iran is sensitive and committed to the fate of its nationals and assured that officials will act very seriously and firmly in establishing the cause of the death as soon as possible.

But again, the agency did not say why Kharrazi must provide his Canadian counterpart with details on the death of Ms. Kazemi if she is Iranian?

Earlier in the day, Government spokesman Abdollah Ramezanzadeh rejected Canada's request to transfer the journalist's body to that country, saying, "Mrs. Kazemi is an Iranian citizen and in this case we will act according to the will of her family".

Sources in Tehran and Canada said there was controversy in the family over the fate of the body, as according to the Iranian authorities, Ms. Kazemi’s mother wanted her daughter to be buried in Iran, while her son, Stephen Hachemi inists that the body be transferred to Canada for determining the cause of the death.

"In our view, no foreign government has the right to make any special comment in this regard, given the Iranian nationality of Mrs. Kazemi", he told reporters.

According to Mr Mohammad Hoseyn Khoshvaqt, the General Director of the Foreign Press at the Islamic Guidance Ministry, on her arrest by Prison guards, Ms. Kazemi provided Iranian identity documents.

"We face a case that death was caused by blows, meaning under torture, a case that if the Iranian authorities fails to identify those who arrested Ms. Kazemi, those who caused her death and those who ordered, then the International Criminal Court, of which Canada is a signatory and Iran has adhered without joining in officially, has the right to take it up", said Dr. Karim Lahiji, a vice-president of the Paris-based International Federation of Human Rights Leagues.

"The committee, which has been formed on the order of the President

is following up the matter to see how and where this happened", Mr. Abtahi further told reporters after a cabinet session, referring to a ad hoc committee formed by ministers of Justice, Intelligence, Interior and Islamic Guidance.

"This is a homicide that calls for a detailed and thorough investigation. It has all the landmarks of the chain murders case, much more important than an ordinary assassination", observed Ms. Shirin Ebadi, a lawyer and human rights activist who represented some of the families of veteran and popular Iranian politicians and intellectuals murdered at the hands of high-ranking officials of the Intelligence Ministry on November 1998.

But though it was thanks to the investigation committee ordered by Mr. Khatami that the Intelligence Ministry ended up to acknowledge its senior officials had savagely assassinated Mr. Dariush Foroohar, his wife, Parvaneh and three leading intellectuals and human rights activists, but at the end of the day, the murderers got away and the real culprits, meaning the ayatollahs who had issued religious orders to kill were never identified, despite all the efforts by the families of the victims.

Praising the lamed President for the formation of the investigation committee, Ms. Ebadi hoped that the authorities would not allow this case joining that of the chain murders. "In case there is any interference in the instruction, any obstruction to the follow up, then international organisations have the right to intervene", she observed.

But most Iranian observers doubted the real culprits would be ever identified. "At best, some minor employee, maybe an ordinary prisoner, would be presented as the one who slapped her and at worst, she might be accused of espionage", one journalist who has been in jail several times and is familiar with the methods of Iranian Judiciary speculated.

IRNA quoted an "informed source" that the investigation committee had rejected a request from Zahra Kazemi's mother to transfer the body from the coroner's office to her birthplace in Shiraz for interring.

"The source, who spoke on the condition of anonymity, also said that the committee has categorically rejected the burial as long as the cause of the journalist's death is not established", the agency added.

The announcement came as some news agencies and websites alleged that Kazemi had been buried in Shiraz after the coroner's office had issued a death certificate.

As the London-based Amnesty International added its voice to the calls made by Iran's Islamic Human Rights Commission, Iranian Association for Defence of Press Freedom (IADPF) and other international human rights organisations in calling for an independent and thorough investigation into the death in custody of the photojournalist, unconfirmed reports in Tehran said the interrogations of Ms. Kazemi were carried by Judge Sa’id Mortazavi, better know as the "Butcher of the press".

"Sa’id Mortazavi, who was named recently by Ayatollah Ali Khameneh'i as the Prosecutor of Tehran and Head of the Islamic Revolutionary courts, not only was present but also carried the interrogations that led to the death of the photographer", said some Iranian internet websites.

In another development, the IADPF, in a letter published on Wednesday demanded that Judge Mortazavi to be prosecuted for the "offences and misconducts" he committed against the press during his tenure as the judge and president of the press tribunal.

"What we want is justice and that law be applied on Mr. Mortazavi for the numbers of irregularities and abuse of power and misconducts he committed when he was in charge of the press tribunal", the Association said.


http://www.iran-press-service.com/articles_2003/Jul-2003/journalist_dies_16703.htm
8 posted on 07/17/2003 3:34:00 AM PDT by F14 Pilot
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WABC radio hosts Batchelor and Alexander, spoke to Canadian media last night in regard to the journalist who was beaten to death for taking photos of prison where students are being held. They mentioned that the Vice President of Iran finally had to admit that she died after being beaten.

Canadian government is demanding the return of her body.

10 posted on 07/17/2003 6:40:36 AM PDT by mware
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I have to admit, that though it is too little too late for Ms Kazemi, the fact that Iran feels the pressure to need to respond and admit the truth (to some extent) is a good sign. Castro would never tell you the truth. Maybe Ms. Kazemi's death will not have been in vain.
11 posted on 07/17/2003 6:49:38 AM PDT by nuconvert
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12 posted on 07/17/2003 6:50:47 AM PDT by Free the USA
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...I have to admit, that though it is too little too late for Ms Kazemi, the fact that Iran feels the pressure to need to respond and admit the truth (to some extent) is a good sign...

Remember, this story is important because the EU has been arguing that their support for the regime has been based on Iran's continued reforms in such areas as human rights. The fact that this is an obvious violation of human rights makes it much more difficult for them to claim that their support of the regime is producing "positive results." Look for continued US pressure on the EU to end their support of the Iranian regime.
13 posted on 07/17/2003 8:48:32 AM PDT by DoctorZIn (IranAzad... Until they are free, we shall all be Iranians!)
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Iran Asks For A Behaviour Change Of The UN

17.07.2003 12:33

Iran announced that it will not negotiate with UN as long as Washington would not shift his behaviour toward the country.

Iran strongly denied that there would be current negotiations with the US about the country’s nuclear programme.

It claims that the nuclear programme has been sufficiently explained to the international community.

[Neftegaz.ru]

http://www.neftegaz.ru/english/lenta/show.php?id=37749
14 posted on 07/17/2003 8:51:59 AM PDT by DoctorZIn (IranAzad... Until they are free, we shall all be Iranians!)
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Fox News interview with Zia Atabay
2003-07-17

Today at 1:00 pm Washington time on Fox News, live interview with Zia Atabay.

Zia is the owner and popular host of NITV (National Iranian TV) one of the LA based Iranian broadcasters who is calling for a regime change in Iran. His TV station is among those whose uplink signal is being jamed by Cuba/Iran.

It looks like the media is beginning to respond to this story. The AP also ran a story on this last night.

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15 posted on 07/17/2003 8:57:42 AM PDT by DoctorZIn (IranAzad... Until they are free, we shall all be Iranians!)
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Torture, Murder, Lies, Confusion and Doubts

July 17, 2003
BBC News
Lee Carter

Canada's Prime Minister, Jean Chretien, is demanding the return of the body of a Canadian journalist who died after being detained in Tehran.

The Montreal-based photo-journalist, Zahra Kazemi was arrested in Tehran on 23 June after taking photos of a prison there, well-known for its detention of dissidents.

After her interrogation she was rushed to hospital, apparently in a coma.

She died of a brain haemorrhage on 12 July. Friends and relatives say she died from injuries she sustained after her arrest.

Jean Chretien says his government wants to verify the cause of Ms Kazemi's death independently and says the reporter's body should be returned immediately.

"If crimes have been committed, we are demanding the Iranian government punish those who committed the crime and we will push that case," Mr. Chretien said from his constituency in Quebec.

"Because if it is the case, it is completely unacceptable that a journalist goes there to do professional work and be threatened in that way."

Confusion

There is confusion as to whether Iranian authorities have admitted to beating Ms. Kazemi.


On Wednesday, Iran's Vice-President Mohammad Ali Abtahi told reporters that Ms Khazemi did die from blows inflicted on her during her detention. This marked the first admission that she had died from mistreatment.

But later, Canada's Foreign Affairs Minister Bill Graham said that his Iranian counterpart downplayed the earlier comments. Mr Graham told reporters that Iran's Foreign Minister Kamal Kharrazi told him it was too early to say exactly how Zahra Kazemi died.

However, Mr Graham said he was told that whoever was responsible for the death would be brought to justice.

Mr Graham says it's now up to the Iranian government to continue its investigation and that he has asked to be regularly updated. However, he says if he does not like the result, Canada will consider sanctions against Iran.

Doubts about burial

It is also unclear whether the reporter's body has already been buried.

Tanya Churchmuch, the Canadian President of Journalists Without Borders says she's learnt from Iranian officials in Paris that Ms Kazemi was buried on Sunday the day after her death was announced.

This has been denied by Iranian officials, even though Ms Kazemi's mother - who lives in Iran - has apparently been given written permission for the body to be given a burial there.

That signed release and the fact that the journalist held Iranian as well as Canadian nationality may weaken the campaign to have her body returned to Canada.

Some Canadian Foreign Affairs officials have said that while spending time in the country of her other nationality, Zahra Kazemi was subject to the all the laws there.

Progress in resolving the case may be dependent on how much Iran values its generally smooth relations with Canada.

http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/americas/3073383.stm
16 posted on 07/17/2003 8:59:39 AM PDT by DoctorZIn (IranAzad... Until they are free, we shall all be Iranians!)
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Russia to Provide Iran with Nuclear Fuel

July 17, 2003
The Associated Press
Ha'aretz

MOSCOW - Russia plans to ship Iran 5,500 tons of nuclear fuel by cargo plane for use in Iran's first atomic reactor, Prime-Tass news agency reported Wednesday, citing Nuclear Power Minister Alexander Rumyantsev.

"The fuel is kept in the storage of the Novosibirsk Plant for Chemical Concentrates…the first 11 fuel cells, of 500 kilograms each, will be delivered to Iran by a cargo plane after the signing of the Russian-Iranian protocol on the return of spent nuclear fuel to Russia" the minister said.

Rumyantsev said that ecological experts had completed their examination of an agreement concerning the return of the spent nuclear fuel to Russia from the Bushehr plant, removing the last barrier to the delivery of nuclear fuel to Iran.

"For a long time the Iranian side has had no objections to the signing," the ITAR-Tass news agency quoted Rumyantsev as saying.

Russian officials have said that fuel delivery to Bushehr depends on Iranian guarantees to ship all spent fuel back to Russia for reprocessing and disposal.

Plutonium for use in nuclear weapons can be derived from spent fuel rods, and the Russian demand is aimed at assuring other countries that Iran would not be able to obtain fissile material for weapons.

Russia is helping Iran construct a 1,000-megawatt, light-water reactor nuclear plant in the southern port city of Bushehr, in a US$800 million deal that has been a major irritant in relations between Moscow and Washington.

Iran insists the plant is solely for generating electricity, but the United States has expressed fears the project could help Ira develop nuclear weapons.

http://www.haaretzdaily.com/hasen/pages/ShArt.jhtml?itemNo=319159&contrassID=1&subContrassID=8&sbSubContrassID=0&listSrc=Y
17 posted on 07/17/2003 9:00:36 AM PDT by DoctorZIn (IranAzad... Until they are free, we shall all be Iranians!)
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One mate, in the last thread, asked me where is Iran as a Economical power of the 70's. I replied there but I would like others to know the truth too! THANK YOU EVERY ONE!!!



Remember that Iran had a revolution that I want to call a Coup. After that Coup, Many educated and skilled Managers and Directors of the country executed or fled to exile.
Whoever wanted to work for the future of Iran was fired or was labeled with such names: The agent of Imperialists, Thief, Western mania, infidel.
I would like to draw your attention to the case that Mullahs are busy with stealing natural resources and deposits.
They are selling soil of the country to foriegners to avoid any attack or propaganda against themselves.
Their Bank Accounts are full of Money.
No one can ask them how much you have.
They sold out the Historical Monuments such as Stones of Persepolis and so on.
They have given Free Oil to Syria to protect them in stupid conferences and meetings through out the world.
The Mullahs will always be mullahs. They are not educated managers, they are just some fossil clerics.
in 1978 each US $ was around 70 Rials, nowadays each US $ is around 8300 Rials.

I think you can judge obviously who is the real enemy of Iran. Arabized Mullahs of Iran are the worst enemy of Iran through the history.




18 posted on 07/17/2003 9:10:09 AM PDT by F14 Pilot
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Well put.
19 posted on 07/17/2003 9:45:53 AM PDT by DoctorZIn (IranAzad... Until they are free, we shall all be Iranians!)
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To: DoctorZIn
Agree. The EU's support of the regime has nothing to do with producing "positive results" of any kind in Iran.
My feeling is that if the regime is to the point now where it feels it needs to explain itself to the world, this could be a sign of weakening. Outside pressure doesn't normally affect totalitarian, dictatorship countries that feel confident in their rule. It could just be a ruse. But I don't see Cuba or N. Korea feeling the need to blame itself for human rights violations. They either say nothing, or have a "perfectly good reason". On the other hand, I could be too optimistic.
20 posted on 07/17/2003 9:48:23 AM PDT by nuconvert
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LEADER APPOINTED PROSECUTOR MORTAZAVI MURDERED ZAHRA KAZEMI

PARIS 17 July (IPS) It is now becoming clear that the man who caused the death of Ms. Zahra Kazemi, the Iranian-born, Canadian photojournalist is Mr. Sa’id Mortazavi, promoted recently by Ayatollah Ali Khameneh’i, the leader of the Islamic Republic as the Prosecutor of Tehran and the Islamic Revolution tribunal.

Ms. Kazemi, 54, was detained on 23 June in front of the Evin prison and died in hospital on 11 July of what Iranian officials admitted Wednesday as brain hemorrhage due to "blows" received on her head during interrogations at the Intelligence Ministry.

At first, Iranian authorities said the photographer died from a brain stroke, but on Wednesday, and under mounting pressures from the international human rights and press organizations, Hojjatoleslam Mohammad Ali Abtahi, President Mohammad Khatami’s deputy for legal and parliamentary affairs confirmed for the first time officially that Ms. Kazemi died of brain bleeding "due to blows on her head".

Canadian Foreign Affairs Minister Bill Graham said during a conference call with media on Wednesday that he had been told by his Iranian counterpart that Ms. Kazemi died of a fractured skull; although how she got the fatal injury had not been determined.

"The incident has no outcome other than tarnishing our international image at a time when we are in deep crisis at home and abroad", Abtahi told journalists.

Informed sources, speaking on conditions of anonymity, revealed Thursday that the arrest of Ms. Kazemi was ordered by Mr. Mortazavi who personally interrogated the photojournalist and beat her "frequently" in order "to force her to reveal the country that had sent her to Iran for espionage".

"Mortazavi personally beat on Kazemi’s head with his shoe", the French daily "Liberation" reported on Thursday, quoting "well-informed Iranian sources.

"The men who arrested Ms. Kazemi were plainclothes thugs belonging to Mr. Mortazavi, who interrogated her at his own office. During the 3-4 days she was there, the photographer was under constant tortures and savagely beaten up by Mr. Mortazavi and other interrogators from the Judiciary", confirmed Dr. Karim Lahji, an outstanding Iranian jurist and lawyer based in Paris.

"She was handed over to the Information Ministry after she suffered injuries. There, people, seeing her bad physical state, send her to the medical department, where doctors immediately decided to transfer her to the Baqiatollah hospital, where she went into coma before dying", added Lahiji, who now acts as defence for Ms. Kazemi’s 26 years-old Stephen Hachemi.

Both the Iranian Islamic Human Rights Committee and the Majles’ Foreign Affairs and Security Committee have also confirmed that Ms. Kazemi was under the custody of the leader-controlled Judiciary and Tehran’s prosecutor, interrogated and tortured before being handed over to the Information Ministry.

Informed sources told Iran Press Service that at least four Iranian journalists, namely Reza Alijani, Hoda Saber, Taqi Rahmani and Amir Teyrani, all close to the Nationalist-religious movements, are in Mortazavi’s custody and tortured.

Rejecting demands by the Canadian government, Stephen Hachemi and Iranian and international human rights and press groups for the transfer of Ms. Katemi’s body to Montreal for autopsy, Iranian government’s official spokesman Abdollah Ramezanzadeh said on Wednesday that once identified and arrested, the would be culprits would be handed over to the Judiciary, meaning to Judge Mortazavi, the very man that murdered the journalist.

Tehran, which insists adamantly that Ms. Kazemi is an Iranian citizen and never mention her Canadian citizenship, have so far rejected the demands, but promised Ottawa that they would do "all they can" to have the culprits punished according to Iranian laws.

"If proved that she was spying, then there would be no culprits", one Iranian journalist noted, reminding that the Iranian Judiciary would eventually take up that accusation to absolve itself from charges of manslaughter.

Iranian conservatives-controlled newspapers have criticised Mr. Khatami for naming an investigation committee in the case of Ms. Kazemi’s death and imply indirectly that she might have been a spy, since she had been arrested while taking pictures near the notorious Evin prison, a restricted area.

"If crimes have been committed, we are demanding of the Iranian government to punish those who committed the crime and we will push that case", Canadian Prime Minister Jean Chretien said after meeting Chilean President Ricardo Lagos.

"Because if it is the case, it's completely unacceptable that a journalist goes there to do professional work and is threatened that way".

In response to a statement by Chretien earlier this week that Canada-Iran relations would be affected if Iran does not transfer Kazemi's body to Canada, Ramezanzadeh said Chretien has not considered international law.

"Kazemi is an Iranian and therefore subject to national law", Ramezanzadeh observed.

But jurists say since Kazemi is also a Canadian citizen, therefore Canada has the right to ask for the body to be returned to her homeland.

In faxes to both the lamed and unpopular Iranian leader and the powerless president, the Rome-based Association of Iranian Journalists Abroad (AIJA) said it holds Mr. Khameneh'i as the "only person responsible for the murder of Ms. Kazemi and asked both men to say:

Who ordered the arrest of Ms. Kazemi?

Who were those who arrested her?

Why the authorities did not report on her arrest?

Where she had been held and who were the interrogators?

Why she was hospitalized in a hospital belonging to the Revolutionary Guards?

Other Iranian experts, speaking to the reformers-controlled "Emrooz" (Today) internet newspaper, asked: Was the photojournalist beaten up and if the answer if positive, why?

Was she also beaten while in prison?

Where was she held before being transferred to hospital?

Why the authorities first claimed Ms. Kazemi died on brain stroke?

Why it was Mortazavi who wrote the news about the death and passed it to Mr. (Mohammad Hoseyn) Khoshvaqt to be published in the name of the Guidance Ministry?

What are the connections between the death of Ms. Kazemi with Mr. Mortazavi?

If the photographer was Iranian, why it was the General Director (of the Guidance Ministry) in charge of Foreign Press that announced the death?

Which organs want the body be buried the soonest possible?

Why it was announced that Ms. Kazemi was a spy? Were the accusations examined? And by which organs? ENDS JOURNALIST DIES 17703

http://www.iran-press-service.com/
21 posted on 07/17/2003 9:57:31 AM PDT by DoctorZIn (IranAzad... Until they are free, we shall all be Iranians!)
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Kuwait Confirms al-Qaeda Spokesman is in Iran

July 17, 2003
BBC Monitoring
Frank Gardner

Kuwait has acknowledged for the first time that one of its former citizens, the al-Qaeda spokesman, Sulaiman Abu Ghaith, is in Iranian custody.

There had been earlier unconfirmed reports that Iran was holding him but on Thursday, Kuwait's official news agency, Kuna, confirmed to the BBC that the Kuwaiti Government had turned down an offer by Iran to extradite Mr Abu Ghaith to Kuwait.

The Kuwaiti Interior Minister, Sheikh Nawaf al-Sabah, was quoted as saying his country did not want to take charge of the al-Qaeda spokesman.

He said his Kuwaiti citizenship had been withdrawn after the attacks of 11 September.

Wanted man

British government officials said on Thursday they were aware that Iran was holding a number of al-Qaeda suspects.

But they said they could not confirm if Mr Abu Ghaith was amongst them.

It is not clear when he was captured, but he has certainly been a key figure in al-Qaeda's leadership.

He has appeared on several video and audio tapes, claiming responsibility for al-Qaeda attacks.

The tapes have a large audience in the Gulf.

After the attacks of 11 September, Mr Abu Ghaith promised "a storm of aeroplanes" would hit American targets.

He is one of America's most wanted al-Qaeda suspects.

http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/middle_east/3074785.stm
22 posted on 07/17/2003 9:59:42 AM PDT by DoctorZIn (IranAzad... Until they are free, we shall all be Iranians!)
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I found a site that lists many of those murdered by the Islamic regime. It is not complete and much of it is in Farsi, but it brings home the reality of the brutal nature of the regime.

http://www.irantestimony.com/
23 posted on 07/17/2003 10:02:54 AM PDT by DoctorZIn (IranAzad... Until they are free, we shall all be Iranians!)
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What's the offical US Government "position" regarding the jamming of these Satellite signals. I know that there's been a lot of investigation and hard evidence that everyone's favorite despot Castro is involved but there hasn't been any murmuring from inside the Beltway.

Inquiring minds want to know...

24 posted on 07/17/2003 10:10:20 AM PDT by jriemer (We are a Republic not a Democracy)
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This is the latest reponse from the US government:

"The Broadcasting Board of Governors issued a resolution Tuesday calling on the State Department and Federal Communications Commission to lodge a formal protest with the Cuban government for "this unwarranted and wrongful interference."

The Associated Press
Sandra Marquez
25 posted on 07/17/2003 10:16:36 AM PDT by DoctorZIn (IranAzad... Until they are free, we shall all be Iranians!)
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"The Broadcasting Board of Governors issued a resolution Tuesday calling on the State Department and Federal Communications Commission to lodge a formal protest with the Cuban government for "this unwarranted and wrongful interference."

I bet the Cubans are really scared now. [/sarcasm]

26 posted on 07/17/2003 10:22:22 AM PDT by jriemer (We are a Republic not a Democracy)
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So have the Mullahs told President Bush when we can come over and pick him up?? /sarcasm

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27 posted on 07/17/2003 10:35:45 AM PDT by Ernest_at_the_Beach (Iran Mullahs will feel the heat from our Iraq victory!)
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bttt
28 posted on 07/17/2003 10:38:41 AM PDT by firewalk
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No Family Fight
The Iranian struggle for freedom.

By Mohammad Parvin
July 17, 2003, 9:15 a.m.
National Review Online

A Persian proverb accurately characterizes the current U.S. policy toward Iran: "Pushing away with feet while pulling forward with hands." On the one hand, President Bush rightly recognizes the Iranian mullahcracy as a terrorist regime and acknowledges the struggle of the Iranian people to overthrow it. At the same time, his secretary of state, Colin Powell, expresses opposing views quite frequently. In his shocking July 3 remarks, Powell called the recent uprising in Iran a "family fight" and cautioned that President Mohammad Khatami had been elected in a free election. In the process of justifying his erroneous assessment of the elections in Iran, he insulted the Iranian people by saying that: "President Khatami was elected by his people, not in an American kind of election, but in an election, essentially tapped into the desires of the people."

Powell, of course, has it all wrong. Either his knowledge about Iran is very limited or he has been won over by the Islamic Republic of Iran's (IRI) lobby groups. The recent uprising in Iran was anything but a "family fight."

Secretary Powell, haven't you heard the Iranian people's slogans in recent demonstrations, reported by many Western correspondents? Does "Death to Khamenei" or "Shame on Khatami" signify a "family fight"? How else do you expect the people to show their hatred for this terrorist regime and its frightening repression? How many students have to be arrested, tortured, and executed before you acknowledge that the Iranian people do not want this regime? Did you notice that the majority of Iranians stayed away from the recent elections in Iran, in spite of fierce campaign and constant appeals by Khatami?

Powell should acknowledge that human rights and the principles of democracy are universal and must be applied to the Iranian people the same way that they are applied to the Americans.

The U.S. Department of State has identified Iran as one of the top terrorist regimes in the world. What else do you need to be convinced that IRI is a terrorist regime and should not be supported by the U.S. and the world community? This regime has been condemned eight times by a U.S. federal court for terror counts against the U.S. citizens. This regime has been involved in many terrorist acts — including bombings of a Jewish center in Argentina and of the Khobar Towers in Saudi Arabia, which killed, among others, U.S. Marines. Iranian dissidents have been assassinated, even abroad, by agents of the Iranian government.

The oil companies' lobby groups and their Iranian fronts — such as the American Iranian Council (AIC) and a whole host of other individuals-and many U.S. lawmakers painted the U.S./Iran relationship as a black-and-white one. They set up a U.S. military-intervention scenario against Iran and conclude (very conveniently) that to avoid disastrous battlefield consequences, the U.S. should establish dialogue and trade with IRI instead!

The ideal course — which is desired by freedom-loving Iranians and serves the best interests of the United States — is to be found in neither of these two ways.

The humane alternative is for the U.S. to recognize the Iranian people's struggle for democracy and formally declare that it does not recognize the Islamic regime of Iran as the representative of the Iranian people. The U.S. should allow the people of Iran regain their freedom — and change the regime on their own.

— Mohammad Parvin is an adjunct professor at California State University and director of the Mission for Establishment of Human Rights in Iran.

http://nationalreview.com/comment/comment-parvin071703.asp

"If you want on or off this Iran ping list, Freepmail me”
29 posted on 07/17/2003 11:10:58 AM PDT by DoctorZIn (IranAzad... Until they are free, we shall all be Iranians!)
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I have heard in a Radio interview (( AN Iranian Station )) that a Chinese Station is also involved in supplying Cuba with systems to jam the signals.

30 posted on 07/17/2003 11:20:37 AM PDT by F14 Pilot
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AL-DA'WAH OFFICIAL DISCUSSES PARTY SPLIT.

Khudir Ja'afar from the Islamic Al-Da'wah party discussed the status of his party following reports of an internal split between those members inside Iraq and those in the diaspora, in an interview with the London-based "Al-Hayat" daily, published on 15 July.

Ja'afar indicated in the interview that while differences exist between the two groups, it should not be interpreted as a split within the party, saying, "We called ourselves the internal organization because we aimed our activity toward inside Iraq. We are two branches of the same party and are in agreement on almost all matters." He added that the differences that exist "are not of a political nature but of an administrative dimension," and said efforts were under way to settle them.

Asked which religious leadership the group follows, al-Ja'afar stressed that Al-Da'wah's "understanding of political action doesn't call for a religious leadership." He said that the party is supported by Ayatollah Kazim al-Ha'iri, but cautioned that it does not subscribe any one person to a single leadership role. "Some of us follow [Muqtada] al-Sadr, while others follow [Muhammad Baqir] al-Hakim or [Grand Ayatollah Ali] al-Sistani," he added. Regarding the position of the Al-Najaf Hawzah (religious seminary) vis-à-vis other hawzahs he said, "The Hawzah is one; there is no Hawzah that is mute while another speaks. We believe that Muhammad Baqir al-Sadr, the founder of Al-Da'wah Party deepened Islamic thought, while Muhammad Sadiq al-Sadr expanded the horizon of the Islamic movement and turned it into a popular current. It is the Sadr school in its two branches."

Regarding the Vilayet Al-Faqih (rule of the jurists), Ja'afar told "Al-Hayat," "We call for upholding the Vilayet Al-Faqih," but, he added, "it is not necessary that the Faqih who rules in Iran should be the same to rule in Iraq or Lebanon. We support the multiplicity of the Vilayet Al-Fakih. Ja'afar said that the Al-Da'wah would participate in a coalition government in Iraq, as long as that government draws its legitimacy from the Iraqi people. He called on the U.S.-led coalition forces to remain in Iraq until order is established, saying, "If the Americans withdraw, the regime will immediately be restored to power." (Kathleen Ridolfo)

Source: RFE/RL IRAQ REPORT Vol. 6, No. 31, 17 July 2003

Comment:
Bad news for the killers of Abdul Majid al-Khoei, who was hacked to death near the holy shrine of Imam Ali in Najaf by Jamaat al-Sadr al-Thani led by the thug Moqtada Sadr i.e. followers of the late Ayatollah Mohammed Sadeq al Sadr.
31 posted on 07/17/2003 12:52:17 PM PDT by AdmSmith
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I have heard in a Radio interview (( AN Iranian Station )) that a Chinese Station is also involved in supplying Cuba with systems to jam the signals.

China has supplied Cuba with equipment for electronic warfare. It is at the Bejucal base (close to Havana), as well as in Wajay (near Bejucal), and Santiago de Cuba.
32 posted on 07/17/2003 1:06:24 PM PDT by AdmSmith
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Oh, that's going to solve the problem!
Gee, if they only did that sooner...
33 posted on 07/17/2003 1:15:12 PM PDT by nuconvert
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Police warn Iranians against travelling to Iraq

Tehran, July 17, IRNA -- Police on Wednesday warned Iranians against travelling to Iraq due to the "special and extraordinary situation" of that country.

The advisory came as police announced that 22 Iranians, who had illegally ventured into Iraq, were killed in recent months, obviously after a US-led invasion started to unseat Saddam Hussein.

Twelve others were injured after being beaten up in the period, the police information office said, adding "the existing situation in Iraq is so that any unpalatable incident may happen any time".

It also cited cases of harassment and verbal insult. Those killed either took up routes across hard passes or the lands which were banned to approach or were filled with mines, remaining from the 1980-1988 Iraqi-imposed war against Iran, the office added.

Iranians mostly visit Iraq for pilgrimage, where several Shia imams are buried. The former Baath regime had restricted pilgrimage to the holy sites, but little improvement has been made since Saddam's collapse.

This is because the US-led invasion of Iraq has plunged the country into insecurity and chaos, with looting, robbery and harassment as well as other forms of crimes being rampant.

Iranian officials had warned against visiting Iraq in the run-up to U.S.-led invasion. Tehran closed its borders with Iraq as the attack began.

Meanwhile, the fate of diplomatic relations between Tehran and Baghdad now remains in limbo in the absence of a genuine Iraqi authority in the country since the Islamic Republic, which strongly opposed the invasion, holds no ties with the invading sides.

Police in the western border city of Sanandaj said last month that they had arrested two Iraqi women who tried to sneak into Iran with two sacks containing alcohol as well as two airguns.

The women, however, were Iraqi refugees in the Islamic Republic, who were returning after visiting their relatives in northern Iraq, a provincial governor said.

There are more than 200,000 Iraqi refugees in Iran now, with UN officials saying the figure accounts for more than half of the Iraqi refugee population in the world. Iranian officials have charged that US-led coalition in Iraq were hindering the process of repatriating refugees. BH/JB End

http://www.irna.ir/en/tnews/030718005932.etn06.shtml

Comment: Beware of heavily armed females
34 posted on 07/17/2003 1:31:55 PM PDT by AdmSmith
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"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."

They've also shut down 90 newspapers in the past 2 years.
35 posted on 07/17/2003 3:31:51 PM PDT by nuconvert
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Have to say,
What a speech by Tony Blair today.
36 posted on 07/17/2003 3:35:30 PM PDT by nuconvert
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Western corporations abet dictatorships

By Prima News Agency
Jul 17, 2003

IRAN. Iranian authorities have reportedly purchased from western companies special electronic devices for jamming foreign television broadcasts and for monitoring ‘inbound’ phone calls from abroad. The German “Siemens” and the Japanese “NEC” are said to be among the suppliers.


According to the Student Movement Coordinating Committee for Democracy in Iran (SMCCDI), the Swedish “Ericsson” and the French “Alcatel” used to be the main suppliers of such devices. Now other companies replaced them. The SMCCDI reported that in June of this year German and South Korean technicians installed in Tehran and Esfahan jamming devices to block signals of television companies set by Iranian emigrants in the United States. Their broadcasts which could be received in Iran only through satellite dishes have become extremely popular in Iran. During some programs TV presenters get many live phone calls from Iran and answer them on air.

The SMCCDI reported that German telecommunication experts have installed in the Farah Abad telecommunication center equipment which allows the Islamic regime to have an unprecedented control of inbound calls to Iran from abroad, to register all phone numbers which receive calls from abroad, and store phone numbers, used by abroad based opponents to the regime. The Farah Abad telecommunication center was placed under the control of the intelligence office of the Revolution Guards.

On July 15, Kenneth Tomlinson, who oversees the Voice of America as chairman of the Broadcasting Board of Governors, said that Cuban authorities have been jamming signals of the two Persian channels, Azadi Television and Pars Television, that broadcast into Iran, according to The Associated Press. Azadi and Pars are the Los-Angeles-based television channels founded by Iranian emigrants.

http://www.daneshjoo.org/generalnews/article/publish/article_1213.shtml
37 posted on 07/17/2003 5:31:33 PM PDT by DoctorZIn (IranAzad... Until they are free, we shall all be Iranians!)
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To: F14 Pilot
Excellent! Very nicely said, F14.
38 posted on 07/17/2003 6:52:29 PM PDT by dixiechick2000
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"Mortazavi personally beat on Kazemi’s head with his shoe"

Beaten with his shoe?

"During the 3-4 days she was there, the photographer was under constant tortures and savagely beaten up by Mr. Mortazavi and other interrogators from the Judiciary", confirmed Dr. Karim Lahji, an outstanding Iranian jurist and lawyer based in Paris."

I hope the same fate awaits them...

39 posted on 07/17/2003 6:56:52 PM PDT by dixiechick2000
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"After the attacks of 11 September, Mr Abu Ghaith promised "a storm of aeroplanes" would hit American targets."

They talk really big, don't they.

40 posted on 07/17/2003 7:00:04 PM PDT by dixiechick2000 (Bring it on!!!)
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"The Broadcasting Board of Governors issued a resolution Tuesday calling on the State Department and Federal Communications Commission to lodge a formal protest with the Cuban government for "this unwarranted and wrongful interference."

Sheesh...

41 posted on 07/17/2003 7:05:57 PM PDT by dixiechick2000
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'May God Make Them Lose Their Child', Kazemi' s Mother Speaks

July 17, 2003
National Post
Graeme Hamilton

MONTREAL - Whenever Zahra Kazemi returned to her native Iran, she would visit her ageing mother in Shiraz, about 900 kilometres south of Tehran. But on her last trip, the Montreal photojournalist never got to Shiraz, and it was her mother who had to make the long voyage to the capital.

Ezzat Kazemi found her daughter comatose in Tehran's Baghiatollah Hospital, where she had been taken after being arrested on June 23 for photographing demonstrators outside the notorious Evin prison. Zahra's eyes never opened, her face appeared swollen, and her head was partly shaved. Restricted to looking into the intensive care unit from behind a window, the mother could not even reach out and caress her only child.

Then last weekend she returned to the hospital, and her daughter's bed was empty. A nurse informed her Zahra was in the morgue.

Iran's Vice-President confirmed yesterday that the death last Friday of Ms. Kazemi, 54, resulted from blows received in custody.

Speaking to the National Post yesterday from Iran, a distraught Ezzat Kazemi cursed those who ended her daughter's life. "These vultures have taken her," she said through an interpreter. "This was my only child. They have done a terrible thing. May God make them lose their child."

The elder Ms. Kazemi, who is in her seventies, said her daughter had phoned before her arrest and said she would soon be visiting Shiraz. When she learned her daughter had been hospitalized, she rushed to Tehran. She asked whether she could bring in a specialist to treat her daughter, but the hospital refused.

So far she has been denied access to her daughter's body, but she said she has been assured there has been no burial.

Her ailing husband remains in Shiraz, and she said she feels powerless to deal with her daughter's death.

The younger Ms. Kazemi held Canadian and Iranian citizenship. Iranian authorities say she entered the country using her Iranian passport, and they refuse to recognize her Canadian citizenship.

Canada's ambassador to Iran said Tuesday that a disagreement between the journalist's son, Stephan Hachemi, and her mother over where burial should take place was complicating efforts to return the body to Canada.

But her mother said yesterday she supports Mr. Hachemi's demand that his mother be buried in Canada.

"Yes, yes. She belongs to her son, and she must go to him," she said. "Her son told me he would like to see his mother's face once more. I told him that we shall do our best, but now Zahra is in the control of the cruel men."

She pleaded with Canadian authorities to do what they can to have her daughter's body sent home. "My grandson is crying and he wants to see the face of his mother for the last time. I cannot do anything. Please do something to help me."

Speaking to reporters yesterday in Montreal, Mr. Hachemi said it would be an affront to his mother, who went by the nickname Ziba, if her final resting place were in Iran.

"It has been clear between us and all the members of the family that Ziba won't be buried in the land of the people who murdered her," he said. "She belongs with me, her only child."

After attending film school in Iran and making more than a dozen films for the official government broadcasting agency, Zahra Kazemi moved to France to pursue her career more freely. In 1993, she and her son moved to Montreal, where she initially worked with the National Film Board before enrolling in a still photography course at a Montreal college.

Her mother recalled that even at a young age, Zahra was determined to succeed. "Everybody praised her," she said. "Everybody said she was a very hard worker. She was very brave."

Anne Danis, a photography instructor at the Cégep du Vieux Montréal, remembers that when Ms. Kazemi arrived in her class about eight years ago, she was the oldest student and had difficulty initially.

"She was the most determined. She asked the most questions," Ms. Danis said. The hard work paid off, Ms. Danis said, and before her death she was taking "extraordinary" pictures during her world travels. The college is now hoping to arrange an exhibition of her photography this fall in Montreal.

Mr. Hachemi said he occasionally talked with his mother about the dangers she faced pursuing her freelance career in journalism.

"She was really confident.... She felt that she had a responsibility to take these risks, and the profession she chose was to go all the way," he said.

ghamilton.nationalpost.com

http://www.nationalpost.com/home/story.html?id=F12DD015-9794-42F9-B841-8BA60E43C80C
42 posted on 07/17/2003 7:23:56 PM PDT by DoctorZIn (IranAzad... Until they are free, we shall all be Iranians!)
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Avert Global Censorship,
Don't let Cuba Hijack U.N. Internet Agenda

July 17, 2003
The Miami Herald
CUBANET

Cuba's repressive regime bans ordinary Cubans from having Internet access. It recently imprisoned 26 independent journalists and other activists for such ''crimes'' as having articles published abroad and lending books. It also is jamming satellite transmissions of the Voice of America and Iranian-American produced TV shows being beamed to Iran, where a fellow repressive regime is a friend of Cuba.

So why does the United Nations seek advice from Cuba and Iran on worldwide Internet use and the promotion of an information society? That's like putting Libya, a notorious human-rights offender, in charge of the U.N. Human Rights Commission. Governments that don't play by the democratic rules endorsed by the United Nations shouldn't be allowed to hijack the international agenda.

Unfortunately, the globally renowned censors already are wielding their influence to ensure government control of Internet usage and radio and TV transmissions. That's apparent in the drafts of a ''Declaration of Principles'' being developed for a U.N.-sponsored World Summit on the Information Society to be held in Geneva in December.

Ironically, the U.N. goals are lofty. Promoting the summit in a message last month, U.N. Secretary-General Kofi Annan said: " One of the hallmarks of the information society -- openness -- is a crucial ingredient of democracy and good governance. Information and knowledge are also at the heart of efforts to strengthen tolerance, mutual understanding and respect for diversity.''

Yet what Cuba is promoting is far from free and open speech. In summit principles calling for universal Internet access, Cuba recommended adding the qualifier ''in conformity with the domestic legislation of the country.'' For Cubans that means that no one gets Internet access unless the regime says so -- which effectively bars most Cubans from the World Wide Web and countless sources of information that contradict the propaganda put out by state-controlled media. That censorship is what Cuba would have the United Nations bless in the interest of promoting "democracy and good governance.''

Another Cuban recommendation directly attacks press freedom. It would add a proviso stating that media accountability ''should be enhanced through targeted measures of screening by governments.'' This would encourage governments to ''screen'' any criticism of the head of state.

The United Nations should protect the Internet and the world from dictatorships that gag speech and punish critics rather than allow those dictatorships to promote censorship and state control of media. Democracies such as the United States and the European Union need to stop this nonsense at the United Nations.

http://198.66.22.183/CNews/y03/jul03/17e5.htm

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43 posted on 07/17/2003 7:28:49 PM PDT by DoctorZIn (IranAzad... Until they are free, we shall all be Iranians!)
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Late night bump!

"So why does the United Nations seek advice from Cuba and Iran on worldwide Internet use and the promotion of an information society?"

Good question...

44 posted on 07/17/2003 11:12:59 PM PDT by dixiechick2000
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Murdered by Mullahs

By ANDREW SULLIVAN

New York Sun 7.17.2003

A Western journalist is taken into custody by an authoritarian regime and suffers a brain hemorrhage that is subsequently described as the result of a police beating. She was covering anti-government demonstrations when she was attacked. She subsequently dies of her injuries and the authorities will not release the body for an autopsy in Canada. Eventually, a government official in Tehran conceded that Zahra Kazemi “died of a brain hemorrhage resulting from blows inflicted on her.” Don’t you think this is big news? No one else seems to. CNN’s coverage of the event led yesterday with Iranian hardliners’ claim that Ms. Kazemi had “fallen” and suffered the blow to the head. The New York Times ran some buried Reuters stories; the Washington Post did better — with an A-Section piece. But government-sponsored murders of journalists seem to me to merit far wider and deeper outrage. Is the lack of interest because such a murder is committed by a regime targeted by the Bush administration? Or is it because news organizations still need to cozy up to the Tehran authorities to keep their correspondents free from harassment?

Blaming the Victims

Why is it important for left-wing columnist, Eric Alterman, that the extraordinary evidence of rising French anti-Semitism should be dismissed, and, if anything, blamed on the Jews? Here’s Mr.Alterman’s take on a bracing piece earlier this week in the Washington Post about anti-Semitism in France:

Memo to Everyone: In discussing “French anti-Semitism,” take a moment to notice that it is almost entirely a phenomenon of that nation’s North African and Arab immigrant community, not of the traditional (mildly anti-Semitic) French. There is no surge in French anti-Semitism at all and it is probably at a historical low ebb among French men and women. It is certainly not a phenomenon of the French Left. This piece points out: “Most of the perpetrators are not the ultra-rightists and neo-Nazis who once were responsible for anti-Semitic acts, but young North African Arabs of the banlieues, the distant blue-collar suburbs where Muslims and Jews live and work in close proximity.” And if it’s a really big concern of yours, by the way, the best way to ameliorate it would be for Israel to withdraw from the West Bank. The occupation is obviously its primary source.

Notice the bizarre Pat Buchanan-like refusal to call French citizens French. Notice also the attribution of today’s resurgent anti-Semitism to the Israeli occupation of the West Bank — as if the victims of such hatred are somehow responsible for it. Mr. Alterman seems willfully blind to the growth of anti-Semitism among French elites, who have appeased and explained away anti-Semitic violence and literature. I guess we should be grateful he hasn’t yet blamed this reviving bigotry on President Bush. But give him time.

Mr.Sullivan writes daily for www.andrewsullivan.com.
45 posted on 07/17/2003 11:29:49 PM PDT by DoctorZIn (IranAzad... Until they are free, we shall all be Iranians!)
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46 posted on 07/18/2003 12:02:10 AM PDT by DoctorZIn (IranAzad... Until they are free, we shall all be Iranians!)
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The humane alternative is for the U.S. to recognize the Iranian people's struggle for democracy and formally declare that it does not recognize the Islamic regime of Iran as the representative of the Iranian people. The U.S. should allow the people of Iran regain their freedom — and change the regime on their own.

We have only the most limited relationship with Iran today. Bush has spoken out on the need for freedom. I think the idea of "formally declaring it does not recognize the Islamic regime" is a little redundant. Don't we still have millions of Iran's money in the bank from the hostage situation. It is clear that Bush in particular, and most of the US have no love for the mullahs. None the less we don't go making declarations about standing governments.

The people of Iran supported the imposition of the theocracy in large numbers 30 years ago. It's up to them to remove them. I think they are foolish if they believe it can be done with student protests. Better to start stockpiling AK-47s and get on with the job at hand. Good luck!

47 posted on 11/01/2003 1:11:44 PM PST by Jack Black
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