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Iranian Alert -- DAY 39 -- LIVE THREAD PING LIST
The Iranian Student Movement Up To The Minute Reports ^ | 7.18.2003 | DoctorZin

Posted on 07/18/2003 12:00:58 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.


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1 posted on 07/18/2003 12:00:58 AM PDT by DoctorZIn
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2 posted on 07/18/2003 12:01:36 AM PDT by DoctorZIn (IranAzad... Until they are free, we shall all be Iranians!)
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Medical probe into death of Canadian-Iranian journalist

Thursday, July 17, 2003 - ©2003

A medical team in Iran has completed its probe into the cause of death of a Canadian-Iranian photojournalist who died after her arrest here, the student news agency ISNA reported Thursday, the day after the country's vice president said her brain haemorrhage was caused by a beating.

The agency did not give the results of the findings, but said they had been passed on to a cabinet team and judge appointed by President Mohammad Khatami to investigate the death, which has severely damaged Iran's image and strained relations with Canada.

ISNA said the government team, including Health Minister Massoud Pezeshkian and 15 surgeons from the coroner's office, discussed the findings for six hours. Government officials were not immediately available for comment.

Zahra Kazemi was arrested on June 23 for taking photographs of protestors outside Evin prison in northern Tehran who were demanding the release of relatives locked up during last month's wave of anti-regime protests, demonstrations that were met with a tough crackdown.

She was transferred three days later to Baghiatollah Azam hospital -- which is run by the hardline Revolutionary Guards -- where she died. Iranian authorities initially said Kazemi fell ill while she was being questioned.

But on Wednesday, reformist Vice President Mohammad Ali Abtahi made the dramatic allegation that the death of 54-year-old Kazemi was linked to a wave of arrests carried out by regime hardliners who, he said, were seeking to undermine the embattled pro-reform camp.

"She died of a brain haemorrhage caused by a beating," Abtahi told reporters after a cabinet meeting, giving a preliminary result of a government inquiry.

However, the Iranian government has refused demands by Canada to conduct its own autopsy. Iran does not recognise dual nationality.

The case has dealt a major blow to Iran's relations with Canada, which, like the European Union and in contrast to the United States, has been seeking to engage the Islamic republic's elected reformist government.

Canada's Prime Minister Jean Chretien pressed Iran on Wednesday to punish those responsible for Kazemi's death, saying that "if crimes have been committed, we're demanding of the Iranian government to punish those who committed the crime."

"And we will push that case because if it is the case, it is completely unacceptable that the journalist go there to do professional work and be treated that way."

Canadian Foreign Minister Bill Graham for his part said Canada holds Iranian authorities responsible for Kazemi's death "until proven otherwise."

But he added: "We must give the Iranian government time to complete its investigation."

He said he had spoken by phone with his Iranian counterpart, Kamal Kharazi, who told him the photographer had died of a "cerebral fracture." Kharazi did not say she had been beaten.

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4 posted on 07/18/2003 12:26:30 AM PDT by DoctorZIn (IranAzad... Until they are free, we shall all be Iranians!)
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To: DoctorZIn
Bumps and prayers for you...
5 posted on 07/18/2003 12:28:51 AM PDT by dandelion
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Since where Powell stands on the war on terror is important to the Iranian protest movment, I thought you might be interested in this development...

Powell Panel Has Surprising Slant

Critic: Not a Bush List, a State Dept. List
New York Sun, 7.17.2003
By IRA STOLL Staff Reporter of the Sun

It has a former CNN official — but no one from Fox News.

It has an official of the dovish Israel Policy Forum — but no one from more mainstream or centrist Jewish organizations.

It has one member who donated to the Gore-Lieberman campaign, another who gave to Bill Bradley’s presidential campaign, and two who supported the Arab American Leadership Council Political Action Committee, which funds extremist critics of President Bush’s foreign policy and of Israel such as Reps. Jim Moran, Earl Hilliard, and Cynthia McKinney.

A group on the left-wing fringe of Democratic foreign policy? Nope, this is an advisory group to the Bush administration named this week with the approval of Secretary of State Powell.

The 14-member panel, known as the Advisory Group on Public Diplomacy in the Arab and Muslim World of the U.S.Advisory Commission on Public Diplomacy, held its first meetings in Washington on July 8 and 9, before its members were publicly announced.

A commission spokesman, Matt Lauer, told The New York Sun that the group’s chairman, Edward Djerejian, “did work with Secretary Powell” and an assistant secretary of state, Patricia Harrison, in coming up with the members of the group. A State Department official speaking on condition of anonymity confirmed that Mr. Powell “did sign off” on the appointees.

The group came under immediate criticism from some Middle East policy analysts.

“It’s a curious list. It’s essentially a Democratic list, I mean, big-D Democratic,” said the director of the Middle East Forum, Daniel Pipes, who was a Middle East policy official in the Reagan administration.

“It’s not so much a Bush administration list as it is a State Department list,” Mr. Pipes said.

The director of the Center for Middle East Policy at the Hudson Institute, Meyrav Wurmser, called the group “imbalanced” and “obviously very onesided.”She warned that the group’s recommendations would probably reflect the people on the panel.

A press release announcing the panel said,“The advisory group was assembled at the request of Congress to study the efficacy of the Department of State’s public diplomacy efforts aimed in these regions and recommend policy initiatives.The advisory group, through the U.S. Advisory Commission on Public Diplomacy, will report its findings and recommendations to the President, the Congress, and the Secretary of State.”

Mr. Djerejian, a former American ambassador to Syria, is scheduled to appear on July 24 at a public meeting in Washington of the Advisory Commission on Public Diplomacy. There he’s expected to update the full commission on the advisory group’s activities.

“Public diplomacy” has become a buzzword in foreign policy circles following the terrorist attacks of September 11, in part owing to a view that may be crudely summarized as the notion that if America could only explain itself better on television and radio and in Arab newspapers, fewer terrorists would want to attack Americans.

Mr. Lauer, the commission spokesman, called the members “a good group” that “represents a variety of different positions.”

The State Department official noted that the group does include at least some Republicans and is intended to be bipartisan in nature.

Some of the members have previously and publicly expressed views on public diplomacy. Mamoun Fandy, for instance, told PBS’s NewsHour, “It would be probably very good if the person carrying America’s message to the Muslim world is a Muslim himself, or a native speaker of the language that he’s broadcasting. So at least there is a level of trust, and the basic problem between America and the Muslim world is the gap in trust.”

Of the other members, Stephen P. Cohen was identified in the release as being affiliated with the Israel Policy Forum. He was the subject of scrutiny last December when he acknowledged that he “made contacts between business people in Israel and the Arab world” engaged in a Middle East business deal while functioning as a Middle East policy analyst.An associate of one of his partners in the deal told an Israeli newspaper that the partner “made millions” through commissions on gas and cement deals between Israeli companies and the Palestinian Authority.

George Salem, a Washington lawyer, and John Zogby, a pollster, both donated to the Arab American Leadership Council Political Action Committee. Mr. Salem also donated individually to Rep. Jim Moran, a Virginia Democrat.

Harold Pachios, another member of the group, gave to the Bradley campaign.

Shibley Telhami, another member of the group, gave to the Gore-Lieberman campaign.

Judy Milestone, another member of the group, is a former senior vice president of CNN.

Mr. Zogby’s polling firm conducted a survey of 3,800 Arab adults that was commissioned by the Arab Thought Foundation, a charity funded with at least $17 million from Saudi royalty and prominent businessmen, including $1.5 million from Bakr Bin Laden, the estranged brother of Osama bin Laden.

A spokesman for Mr. Djerejian, who is the director of the James A. Baker III Institute for Public Policy of Rice University, said Mr. Djerejian was traveling and unavailable for comment yesterday evening.

Officials familiar with the panel, whose members serve on a part-time, unpaid basis, said that no federal financial disclosure forms are required for members.

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6 posted on 07/18/2003 12:32:56 AM PDT by DoctorZIn (IranAzad... Until they are free, we shall all be Iranians!)
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Shifting US Policy on Iran

Seyfi Tashan 7.18.2003

Now that the U.S. military has supreme authority in Afghanistan and Iraq, and has presence in Central Asia, it has the possibility of exerting heavy presence on Iran, once a strategic partner of the U.S. Iran's attempts to develop nuclear capability, ostensibly for civilian purposes, is not a new phenomenon. During the days of the rule of late Shah, an order was placed to a German company for the construction of a large nuclear power plant. At that time the U.S. did not object to this project because the Shah of Iran was a friend of the U.S. Nevertheless, the construction work was interrupted because of the revolution. Only several years later, to the chagrin of the U.S., Russia became the principal source for developing Iranian nuclear capability that included a regeneration plant that could produce weapons grade uranium and plutonium.

Immediately after the war in Iraq eyes were turned on Iran as a potential U.S. target; saber rattling was heard loud and clear. Iran accepted to put all of its installations under the control of an appropriate nuclear agency and Russia assured the U.S. that it would not allow any weapons technology transfer. The possibility of a U.S. attack on Iran has rescinded substantially may be for several reasons:

Iran's nuclear program is supported by the entire nation irrespective of political tendencies. Too much criticism and an act of aggression on this account will bring the Iranian nation together against the U.S. As moderate Iranians are seeking a dialogue with the U.S. such a move would undercut dissent against the conservative Shiite rule and weaken their campaign to topple the system.
Iran is a pivotal country in the region extending from the Gulf to Central Asia and the Caucasus. With U.S. presence in Iraq and Afghanistan, the U.S. would like a friendly regime in Iran not an enemy. Iran is a candidate to play a useful role for U.S. interests in the region as it did under the Shah during the Cold War. Particularly after the coolness that developed in Turkish-U.S. relations during and after the Iraq war, the need for friendly Iran has become even greater.

Last but not least is the influence of Iran on Shiites that constitute more than two-thirds of the population of Iraq. Britain & the U.S. have not yet succeeded in pacifying the people of Iraq. Discontent with the shortages in Iraq is on the increase and the occupying powers are blamed. An attack on Iran, if it cannot be justified in the eyes of the Shiites in Iraq, would mean even greater unrest among the Shiites of Iraq even if Iran may not provide open support.
An additional consideration may be that for the U.S. it may be easier to fight a war against a mismatched enemy; but establishing a post-war regime is extremely difficult. Transition to a government system that could provide good governance and peace to the people in Iran dwarfs the difficulties in Iraq.

For these reasons the U.S. policy, while supporting dissent in Iran, no longer talks about military solutions, and the U.S. seems to have shifted its attention to problems in Africa where prospects of success would also help the administration's re-election campaign among the coloured voters, while trying to overcome the impediments for peace in the Middle East and law and order in Iraq.
7 posted on 07/18/2003 12:58:09 AM PDT by DoctorZIn (IranAzad... Until they are free, we shall all be Iranians!)
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To: seamole
Why a shoe?

Read this "The interrogator says, imagine you are now beaten up even more, that "you can't tolerate the pain". The prisoner starts saying, may be there is a car entrance ... she is then pressed to tell the exact day when the bomb was planted. She is beaten up with a shoe. [Note: some interpretations of Islam would disallow beating a woman by hand on religious grounds].

The interrogator say: "you are like an insect, while we crush you". She is seen being beaten up again with the shoe."

See videos here
10 posted on 07/18/2003 5:03:30 AM PDT by AdmSmith
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To: DoctorZIn
Iran needs $17b of investments next year

Shiraz, Fars prov, July 17, IRNA -- Deputy Economy and Finance Minister Mohammad Khazai said here Thursday that the national economic plans call for close to dlrs 17 billion of investments in the next Iranian year (stars March 20, 2004).

Khazai, also Head of Foreign Investments, Technical and Economic Assistance Organization (FITEAO) said this level of investments aims to create 900,000 new jobs, "so that the unemployment rate is controlled and lowered to about three percent."

Speaking at a gathering of domestic and Dubai-based Iranian industrialists, he said expert studies indicate that each employment opportunity requires close to dlrs 18,000 of investments.

Attracting this amount of investments is not possible with domestic resources and "we should be thinking of drawing foreign investments and to prepare the grounds for inflow of foreign capital."

The Third (2000-2005) and Fourth (2005-2010) Socio-Economic velopment Plans call for dlrs 20 billion of investment annually.

Khazai further said grounds are prepared for foreign investments in the country, adding "foreign investors need to feel secure to invest in a country and have to be rendered serious support on the part of officials in the country."

On the political front, Khazai said reducing tension with other countries, notably the Persian Gulf littoral states, has been a right step in drawing foreign investments.

He also brushed aside comparisons likening foreign investments to "beggary from abroad."

"Using other countries financial resources is a common policy throughout the world and taking advantages of its fruits is an art which is rooted in a viable and vibrant national economy."

Khazai said foreign investment does not only entail garnering financial resources and covering budget deficit, it also means greater access to new technologies, employment, generating schemes, and increased productivity and more efficient management.

He said the number of applications for foreign investments rose in Iran last year and equaled the total foreign investment commitments in the past decade.

Khazai said with the passing of the new foreign investments law investments applications have topped four billion since last July.

Iran has been hard at work to promote foreign investments in the country.

Earlier in July, Khazai said in the decade 1992-2002 close to 4.5 billion of foreign investments were committed in the country.

Mining sector drew dlrs 1.242 billion and industrial sector dlrs 1.4 billion of foreign investments in recent year up to March 2003.

However, "even if all the requests are approved it will equal only one-fourth of planned foreign investments target."

He also cautioned that the amount of foreign investment in Iran is insignificant to the neighboring nations and some other developing countries.

Foreign investments in Malaysia, Turkey and Azerbaijan were dlrs 3.5 billion, dlrs 783 million and dlrs 691 million in 1999-2000 (before the September 11 attacks in the US) respectively.

"In the same period Iran drew about dlrs 89 million of foreign investments," Khazai underlined.

In addition foreign investments is an impetus for closer diplomatic and economic ties through easier access to international capital markets and financial sources. NB/YS


They not only belief in Khomeini, they also belief in Santa Claus! How do they think that they will get 17 bn USD next year if they behave as they do.
11 posted on 07/18/2003 5:19:35 AM PDT by AdmSmith
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The Blog Shall Make You Free,,SB105848499831453000,00.html?mod=opinion

The story of Canadian journalist Zahra Kazemi, who Iran has finally admitted died from brain injuries sustained when Iranian secret police beat her, made international news this week. More surprising is that Westerners are hearing about Iranian journalist Sina Motallebi, arrested for the crime of blogging.

Technology has played a huge role in modern democracy movements, whether it was faxes during the 1989 Tiananmen uprising, or e-mail during the Russian overthrow of its dictators. Iran, for its part, has discovered blogs. In less than two years an estimated 10,000 blogs have popped up under the very noses of mullahs, mostly written in Persian, and all of them giving Iranians a new free-speech outlet.

Thanks to these blogs, Iranians are gabbing fairly freely about everything from entertainment and poetry to technology and personal diaries. Iranian women (who can take different names online) use blogs to talk about dating, sex and other taboo subjects. And, of course, the blogs are playing a real role in Iran's democracy movement. Bloggers provide firsthand accounts of student protests, political criticism and even attract politicians -- who comment on postings.

Iran's mullahs might be slow but they're catching on. They have started blocking sites they deem subversive (including Voice of America's Persian-language site) and have occasionally shut down student sites and blog-hosting services like They also decided to make an example of Mr. Motallebi. A journalist for a paper that was shut down by the government, Mr. Motallebi began a blog. His site, while rarely political, was very popular. In April he was arrested on undisclosed charges, and is now awaiting trial.

That Westerners know about Mr. Motallebi is largely the result of another blogging phenomenon: Iranians who run English-language blogs outside of Iran. Pedram Moallemian, born in Iran but now living in California, runs a blog ( and started an online petition to protest Mr. Motallebi's arrest. Hossein Derakhshan, who runs a Iran-focused blog ( in Canada, helped bring the story to the attention of well-known blogs like InstaPundit and Buzz Machine, which means a lot of Americans now know the story. Mr. Derakhshan has also provided Iranians back home with the technical information to set up blogs.

The Internet won't bring down Iran's dictators. But the blogging phenomenon shows that human freedom and expression will not be denied, and that technology will only continue to make the job of dictators that much harder.
12 posted on 07/18/2003 5:21:12 AM PDT by Texas_Dawg ("...They came to hate their party and this president... They have finished by hating their country.")
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To: DoctorZIn
"commission spokesman, Matt Lauer,"

THEee Matt Lauer?
Sounds like a "make everyone happy" group.
Me thinks there's something else afoot here.
Wonder if Ledeen will have an explanation for what this is really all about?
13 posted on 07/18/2003 5:53:28 AM PDT by nuconvert
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To: seamole
Mortazavi is obviously the "fall guy".
You know, there's always one bad apple in the barrel of plainclothed thugs, and head of the Islamic Revolutionary court. (need I say /sarcasm?)
14 posted on 07/18/2003 6:08:10 AM PDT by nuconvert
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To: Texas_Dawg
"that technology will only continue to make the job of dictators that much harder."

A lot harder. They underestimate this element.
15 posted on 07/18/2003 6:11:29 AM PDT by nuconvert
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To: seamole
I agree.
16 posted on 07/18/2003 6:13:10 AM PDT by nuconvert
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To: nuconvert
Murdered by Mullahs


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? (excerpt;from #45 previous Thread Day 38)

17 posted on 07/18/2003 6:21:08 AM PDT by nuconvert
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To: DoctorZIn
"Iran Samples Show Enriched Uranium-Diplomats"

18 posted on 07/18/2003 6:49:00 AM PDT by dixiechick2000
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To: DoctorZIn
Good morning
thanks for the ping
19 posted on 07/18/2003 6:59:46 AM PDT by firewalk
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To: F14 Pilot
Check #18

20 posted on 07/18/2003 7:00:21 AM PDT by dixiechick2000
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To: AdmSmith
Why a shoe?

My wife made comment some months ago, something to the effect that this is a special insult. Perhaps others here could enlighten us more.

21 posted on 07/18/2003 7:29:50 AM PDT by Eala
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Militiamen beat Iranian youngsters in harrasement campaign

SMCCDI (Information Service)
Jul 18, 2003

Several Iranian youngsters were beaten, yesterday evening, in a new campaign of harrasement launched by the Islamic republic regime and intending to fuel the existing policy of fear and terror.

The 3 youngsters were seen pulled out of their car and beaten by members of the regime Bassidj in the Vali-Asr square of Tehran as apparently they protested against the confiscation of their music tapes.

Several residents who rushed to the support of the youngsters were beaten as well by militiamen send from the neighboring Bassidj center in order to avoid a new riot to take place. The youngsters and at least 2 supporters were arrested and brought to the center.

Several other reports are stating about the increase of brutal actions and insults made, by members of the security forces, against residents of the Capital and main provincila cities.

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22 posted on 07/18/2003 8:13:29 AM PDT by DoctorZIn (IranAzad... Until they are free, we shall all be Iranians!)
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Iran Samples Show Enriched Uranium - Diplomats

Fri July 18, 2003 10:09 AM ET
By Louis Charbonneau
VIENNA (Reuters)

U.N. inspectors have found enriched uranium in environmental samples taken in Iran, which could mean Tehran has been purifying uranium without informing the U.N. nuclear watchdog, diplomats said.

The diplomats, who asked not to be named, said initial analysis showed enrichment levels possibly consistent with an attempt to make weapons-grade material and high enough to cause concern at the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA).

If Iran, dubbed part of an "axis of evil" by Washington, has been enriching uranium without telling the IAEA, this would deepen U.S. suspicions that its nuclear ambitions go beyond its stated aim of using nuclear energy only to generate electricity.

However, the diplomats said the mere presence of enriched uranium in the samples was not solid proof Iran had done the enrichment itself. Contamination was another possibility, though how it had arisen would have to be explained to the IAEA.

Iranian officials were not immediately available for comment on Friday, the Muslim holiday.

The IAEA declined to confirm or deny the statements of the diplomats, though an agency spokeswoman said IAEA inspectors have been taking samples in Iran.

"The results of environmental sample analyzes are being reviewed at the agency and we expect to take more samples over the next few weeks," Melissa Fleming said. "Only the IAEA will be in a position to judge the significance of the analysis results.

"At this point, we are still in the middle of a complex inspection process in Iran, in which we are investigating a number of unresolved issues," she added.

Iran insists it has no interest in building nuclear weapons, as Washington charges, but has resisted international calls for it to accept tougher inspections of its nuclear program.

It was not clear at which of Iran's nuclear facilities the samples had been taken, nor was it clear whether the IAEA had informed the Iranian government of its initial findings.


At least one senior Western diplomat predicted in June that environmental samples taken by the IAEA would confirm suspicions that Iran continues to hide aspects of its nuclear program -- including live tests of enrichment centrifuges.

Iran has repeatedly denied that it has tested its centrifuges with nuclear material without informing the IAEA,

But diplomats say it makes no sense for Iran to spend hundreds of millions of dollars to build big uranium enrichment facilities in Natanz without having tested their centrifuges.

Enrichment is a process which purifies uranium to make it useable in nuclear fuel -- or nuclear weapons.

The nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT), which Iran has signed, permits uranium enrichment for civilian purposes. However, the United Nations must be informed and the process must be subject to IAEA safeguards inspections.

In June, the IAEA board of governors chided Iran for failing to report many aspects of its nuclear program and asked for more information on research and development in Iran's uranium enrichment program.

The IAEA is expected to report on the results of its most recent inspections in Iran when the board meets on September 8.

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23 posted on 07/18/2003 8:21:43 AM PDT by DoctorZIn (IranAzad... Until they are free, we shall all be Iranians!)
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To: DoctorZIn
"The IAEA declined to confirm or deny the statements of the diplomats, though an agency spokeswoman said IAEA inspectors have been taking samples in Iran."

If this isn't true, why wouldn't they issue a denial?

24 posted on 07/18/2003 8:27:08 AM PDT by dixiechick2000
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High rank clerics accuses arrested demonstrators to be linked to US
SMCCDI (Information Service)
Jul 18, 2003

Ayatollah Ahmad Jannati said, during the today's governmental organized prayers, that 300 to 400 individuals linked to "US conspiracy" and "Having received funds in order to overthrown the Islamic state" have been arrested in connection to the events of July 9th, 2003, in Iran.

The high rank cleric blasted as well the abroad based Iranian opposition Satellite TV networks and qualified them as tools in service of America.

The baseless accusations made against some of those arrested show the firm intention of the Islamic regime to push for public trials of arrested demonstrators and opponents.

Several of them have been placed under duress in order to make false statements on their "collaboration with US and Israeli agencies" and such "confessions" can lead to their executions while taking off pressures from their families.

At least 2 have been executed in the last days in the southern city of Behbahan for their opposition to the regime and active participation in last June's riots.

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25 posted on 07/18/2003 8:29:09 AM PDT by DoctorZIn (IranAzad... Until they are free, we shall all be Iranians!)
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To: DoctorZIn; All
Just a thought!

As you are sitting at your computer complaining about the hot weather, someone in Iran is desperately trying to find their loved ones. Someone has disappeared that they love and they fear that the government has taken them into to custody. The likelihood they will survive is minimal.

As you are contemplating your plans for tonight, Iranian students are gearing up for another night of clashes.

As you are contemplating your plans for the weekend, many of those students will be taken into custody because of their protest from Friday night.

As another day falls away and the sun sets, Iranian students and their families are left wondering if the rest of the world is hearing them.

As our politicians set out to get themselves re-elected next year, another Iranian student will be "lost to the cause" because of the government's crackdown.

As dangers gather around the world, the group of people that can really help them are already in Iraq helping a freed country.

As you wonder why nobody cares about Iran in the media, imagine how the Iranian students feel each and every night.

If the most you can do is pray, than do it. Pray for the safety of these students and their families. Say a praise to God for the courage and bravery of this generation.

26 posted on 07/18/2003 8:38:10 AM PDT by MoJo2001
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To: Ernest_at_the_Beach; Pan_Yans Wife; fat city; freedom44; Tamsey; Grampa Dave; PhiKapMom; ...
BBC graphic of How Cuban is jamming the satellite signals of the broadcasts into Iran.

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27 posted on 07/18/2003 8:45:33 AM PDT by DoctorZIn (IranAzad... Until they are free, we shall all be Iranians!)
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To: Ernest_at_the_Beach; Pan_Yans Wife; fat city; freedom44; Tamsey; Grampa Dave; PhiKapMom; ...
This just in....

Fox News is giving a great report on the jamming by Cuba.


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28 posted on 07/18/2003 8:48:28 AM PDT by DoctorZIn (IranAzad... Until they are free, we shall all be Iranians!)
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There have been so many great posts today, I can't personally respond to them all. Keep up the great work. The media is beginning to notice what is happening in Iran. Keep it up.

29 posted on 07/18/2003 8:51:48 AM PDT by DoctorZIn (IranAzad... Until they are free, we shall all be Iranians!)
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A Public Letter to Senator E.M. Kennedy
SMCCDI (Public Statement)
Jul 16, 2003

Student Movement Coordination Committee for Democracy in Iran (SMCCDI)

The Honorable Senator Edward M. Kennedy
317 Russell Senate Office Building
Washington, DC 20510
Fax: (202) 224-2417

Dear Senator Kennedy:

For decades, the name Kennedy has stood for freedom, liberty, and justice throughout the world. You, Sir, are the sole bearer of the legacy of two of the most beloved fallen heroes of America and those who value human dignity and honor throughout the world. You have continued President John F. Kennedy’s ideals, passion and eloquence; you have retraced Senator Robert Kennedy’s journey to places of hurt and hunger; and you, yourself, Senator, stand, and have been dubbed, as the “Lion” protector and defender of the voiceless and the downtrodden!

Senator Kennedy, why and how would you permit a terrorist, barbaric and brutal regime such as the Islamic Republic, that is occupying Iran at the present time, to associate itself with you and your name?

Regrettably, we have been informed that since the previous lobby group of the Islamic Republic, called American Iranian Council (AIC), has been exposed and discredited, new proxies have filled in and have formed a new group under the title of: Iranian American Political Action Committee (IAPAC). This group has indicated that you would be participating as a keynote guest in the reception that will mark their official launching!

The founding member of this group is Mr. Hassan Nemazee, an American of Iranian origin and one discredited, and well-known agent of the Islamic Republic, within the Iranian community in the United States. Their agenda in their own words is: “…how relations between the Islamic Republic and the United States can be restored in support of the Islamic Republic and the revolution.”

We find this extremely disturbing and rather baffling! Senator Kennedy, your own Department of State lists the Islamic Republic as the most active “State Sponsor of Terrorism.” Iranian nation stands as a testimony to that; we were the first victims of these terrorists! Since any association with a terrorist regime like the Islamic Regime of Iran is in direct defiance of the “U.S. Anti-Terrorism Act,” and the “Homeland Security Act,” how could the formation of such a lobby group be permitted in the first place, and why would it be allowed so brazenly to pursue and further its illegal activities in the United States? Moreover, how could a man of your honor and a Senator of your stature agree to participate and cooperate with such a regime?

We, sincerely, hope that their claim of your association with such a lobby group, for a terrorist regime, is baseless. Nevertheless, Senator, we feel compelled to inform you that this group is already exploiting your good name to generate support for their nefarious objectives and activities.

They intend to prey on the unsuspecting Iranian community in the United States to collect campaign contributions in support for the members of the Congress and other organs of the United States government that they deem suitable and would back the terrorist regime of the Islamic Republic. Although, Mr. Nemazee and his associates are well known to the Iranian community; nonetheless, we will expose the group and a massive drive has been undertaken to inform the Iranians residing in the United States.

Banking on the greed of the American business and, out of sheer ignorance, counting on differences of ideology and Party affiliation within the United States, this is one more desperate attempt by this corrupt and bankrupt regime, in its dying days, to hang on to power.

For two decades, the greed and hypocrisy of the European countries and others, at the expense of the Iranian nation, have supported and sustained this regime. Evidently, the Islamic Republic hopes to be able and intends to manipulate the internal politics of the United States and does not understand the efforts of the Founding Fathers, the core values of this great nation, and the famous axiom of “politics stops at the water’s edge” that have been the backbone of the foreign policy of the United States!

Senator Kennedy, twenty-four years ago, a gang of corrupt and illiterate Mullahs hijacked a nation and took its population hostage under the sham of religion and their perverted brand of Islam. Rule of law was replaced by reign of terror and what has been imposed upon the people of Iran is utterly against centuries of their civilization, culture, heritage and every fiber and grain of their being. Sir, people of Iran have been silenced by sheer terror and are suffering in silent captivity for over two decades!

Today, 700,000 Iranians are languishing in Regime’s secret prisons, and in a nation rich with abundance of natural recourses, 57 percent of the population lives under the line of poverty. This regime has decimated and defiled everything it has touched! This is the shameful legacy of this corrupt theocracy!

Senator, just within the last twenty days, with the new wave of demonstrations against the theocracy, in Regime’s effort to crush the freedom movement, numerous young students were murdered and 4,000 of our compatriots were brutally attacked, imprisoned, tortured and still remain in the clutches of the regime. Sir, they were merely demanding their God-given rights as human beings! And, only last week the regime murdered another foreign journalist of Canadian nationality; she was beaten to death! Senator, this is the true barbaric face of the Islamic Republic that Mr. Nemazee and his ilk hide from you!

According to their own words, this regime, at the expense of the Iranian people, has amassed and has at its disposal eight million armed paramilitary groups, comprised of paid domestic and foreign terrorist, to unleash on the nation. We are facing them with our bare hands but steeled resolve. On a daily basis, we are being crushed under the galloping greed and viciousness of this Islamic Republic and all we are striving for is our freedom. Senator, those with fresh memory of tyranny know the value of freedom!

With your permission, and to paraphrase the words of President Kennedy, we believe, America stands as symbol of freedom, “and no one has enriched that freedom more than you. Senator!” Sir, all we ask is the moral support of the United States. All we expect is that the United States will remain true to its principles of liberty and justice and its ideals of democracy.

Senator Kennedy, everything this regime stands for is anathema to your own sacred values. On the other hand, we are confident that you identify with our cause, you understand our mission, you sense our determination, and you recognize the steel of our resolve. Sir, we have long admired and respected you for your commitment and dedication.

We believe, our cause is just; for it is the cause of freedom. Our mission is clear and sacred; for it is to regain our blessed land, Sir, our determination is strong and our resolve is steeled as well.

The irony is that, Senator, for who you are, for what you stand, and what you have fought for your entire life, one would imagine that you would have taken up our cause rather than supporting a demented terrorist regime! But, alas!

Senator Kennedy, any support that would in any way sustain and prolong the life of this regime would protract our suffering. Indeed, any relations or associations with the present regime that would extend its despicable survival and its hold on power could bear crucial consequences for relations with the future generations of Iran!

Bearing in mind that almost 70 percent of the populace is under the age of 30; outraged by incessant terror and torture, and what has been done onto us and our nation, we are risking our lives challenging the corrupt regime and its terrorist’s apparatus; for us, it is only a matter of time. We will prevail! Senator, we are the future of Iran!

Sir, throughout ages, some men, their ideals, and their passion transcend cultures, ideologies, national boundaries and even time; they belong not to one nation but mankind! Their names are etched in the memories and inspire generations past, present, and generations yet to be born; the name Kennedy is one such name!

Senator, as students, as freedom fighters, and as a nation under siege we have been inspired by your ideals and have respected and admired your unbending stance in your beliefs. We implore you, do not permit this odious regime to exploit and desecrate the much-admired Kennedy name!

We, as students, as the entire Iranian nation, are struggling and striving to reclaim our land, our freedom, national identity, pride, heritage, and centuries of our proud history and civilization.

Senator, we feel confident that our plight resonates with this nation and you, Sir, above all; for, this country is held as the shining beacon of hope for all the freedom-loving people, and you, Senator, are regarded as one of the true icons, guardians, and advocates of human rights, liberties, justice, and democratic ideals.


On behalf of SMCCDI,

Aryo B. Pirouznia (for the Committee)

DoctorZin Note: We posted information about the IAPAC the other day. That post incorrectly stated that Darrell Issa would be attending the event. Apparently SMCCDI wants Senator Kennedy to withdraw his support as well. More needs to be written on the IAPAC and Iran's Washington DC lobby. If any of you have more information on this group or other US based supporters of the Islamic regime, please email the information. I would like to produce a detailed analysis of their efforts.
30 posted on 07/18/2003 9:04:54 AM PDT by DoctorZIn (IranAzad... Until they are free, we shall all be Iranians!)
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31 posted on 07/18/2003 9:25:15 AM PDT by firewalk
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Why a shoe?

Being smacked with a shoe is a high form of insult in the Arab world. Recall the footage of the Iraqi man taking off his shoe and smacking Sadaam's portrait with it.

I guess it comes from the days when shoes could be expected to be encrusted with camel and goat dung.

32 posted on 07/18/2003 9:31:39 AM PDT by SauronOfMordor (Java/C++/Unix/Web Developer looking for next gig)
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A French story in French Newspaper " Liberation " which proves that Ms. Kazemi was beaten by a shoe.
That shoe belonged to the Attorney General of the district of Tehran, Mr. Mortazavi.

(((( Is it possible to see such people in a criminal court one day ?))))............Amen!
33 posted on 07/18/2003 10:05:56 AM PDT by F14 Pilot
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Perhaps an esoteric question: Is a left shoe worse than a right shoe?
34 posted on 07/18/2003 10:20:55 AM PDT by AdmSmith
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Thanks for the ping
& welcome
35 posted on 07/18/2003 10:21:47 AM PDT by firewalk
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Iran keeps an eye on the bloggers

World News
Jul 18, 2003

Iranian authorities are keeping a close eye on the Internet amid growing online access and the popularity of weblogs.

Government officials say they are only cracking down on pornography, but some weblogs have been blocked by Internet service providers (ISPs) who work closely with the government, a source told CNN.

The number of people in Iran with Internet access ranges from less than 1 million to as many as 5 million out of a population of nearly 70 million, according to various reports.

But the proportion is growing, and with it has come a rise in the number of Iranian bloggers.

One weblog under the name Hossein Derakhshan received 6,000 hits a day before the government blocked it, the Canadian-based author said in an e-mail to CNN.

The site contains musings with titles like "Five Things to Help Non-Iranians Know More About Iran," political observations and links to news stories.

"In absence of free papers, (weblogs) are performing an important role for spreading internal news that is very risky to publish in Iran," said Derakhshan.

He added that weblogs help young people in Iran socialize, date and keep in touch with exiled friends, help emerging writers publish their work, produce Persian content on search engines, introduce surfers to new technology -- and allow access to pornography.

The authorities are taking note.

Access was blocked to all blogs hosted on PersianBlog and Blogspot for 24 hours last week, a result of a technical glitch, a source from Parsonline, one of the 12 major certified ISPs in Tehran, told CNN.

'Not that tough'
But the Internet in Iran remains largely unregulated, and blocking is "not that invasive," said the source, who wished to remain anonymous. He said the government censored pornographic sites and sites it deemed anti-Islamic or anti-regime.

"I don't think it's very bad. If they filter porno sites I don't think it's going to kill anyone."

The source said that Parsonline and other ISPs worked closely with the government, which did not provide clear content guidelines, adding: "All the access lines and infrastructure belongs to the government."

When an official orders an ISP to block access to a site, the ISP does not tell the site author.

Mohamed Saeed Al Nu'mani, a spokesman for Iran's culture ministry, told CNN that while porn sites were blocked, he was not aware that other sites expressing religious or political opinions, including "sites that are against the general Iranian policy," had been hit.

He added: "If any political sites were blocked, then the reason would be that what they are offering is harming the national security or the unity of the country. But still things are not that tough."

Meanwhile, bloggers continue to promote freedom of speech in cyberspace.

Referring to the deaths of Iranian conjoined twins Ladan and Laleh Bijani, Ladysun, an English teacher in Tehran, wrote on July 9: "I see a big irony comparing the sad death of these most-ever-loved-in-Iran twins with the current events of Iran.

"Some people are ready to die for having their individuality back; some people are ready to kill, to take some others' individuality away."

-- CNN Arabic editor Caroline Faraj contributed to this report.

36 posted on 07/18/2003 10:35:08 AM PDT by DoctorZIn (IranAzad... Until they are free, we shall all be Iranians!)
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The left or right is not important, The owner of the Shoe is our matter.
37 posted on 07/18/2003 10:35:09 AM PDT by F14 Pilot
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Yes in this case, but one should never give a handshake with the left hand to Arabs, as they (at least the Wahhabis still?) use this hand for something else.

Another thing I learned was that you should never sit with your leg in such a way as you showed the bottom of a shoe as if it pointed to someone you showed him disrespect as the sole is najis (unclean). But the question is: What is worse the left or the right shoe?
38 posted on 07/18/2003 11:36:26 AM PDT by AdmSmith
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Canadian-Iranian journalist was arrested by "Evin Guards"

Jul 18, 2003

The murdered Canadian-Iranian Journalist was last time seen alive as she had to follow the guards of the Evin's Political jail toward the doors of this infamous prison.

She was arrested as the well known "Commander Mohamad-Hossein Bahrami" in charge of the special unit of Evin came out of the facilities along with several guards and asked from Zahra Kazemi about her ID card. Kazemi was requested, then, to follow the guards and the commander and this was the last time that she was seen alive.

Her arrest followed her indentification by several guards who had gathered around the prison's top placed mirador and who saw her taking pictures of the crowd of protesters who were getting beaten, by the plainclothes men, as they were requesting the release of their arrested relatives. Kazemi was seen taking pictures while hidding behind trees which it was making very difficult for the plainclothes men, busy by beating anyone on their way, to see her.

She had stated, few minutes before her identification and to several mothers crying for their children: " I promise you to show the pictures of what they are doing to you to the World".
39 posted on 07/18/2003 11:38:09 AM PDT by DoctorZIn (IranAzad... Until they are free, we shall all be Iranians!)
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Islamic regime can not be toppled, top Iranian cleric tells US

World News
Jul 18, 2003

TEHRAN - A top Iranian cleric said it would be impossible for the United States to topple the nearly 25-year-old Islamic republic, accusing Washington of fomenting unrest but saying it had only served to strengthen the regime.

"The July demonstration was a scandal for the Americans," Ayatollah Ahmad Jannati said in a Friday prayers sermon.

He was referring to July 9, the fourth anniversary of bloody pro-democracy student riots when tens of thousands of people in Tehran protested against the regime but remained largely confined to their cars.

"Thinking this regime will be toppled with one move is stupid and short-sighted," said Jannati, an Islamic conservative and secretary general of the powerful Guardians Council, a legislative vetting body.

"This regime is stable. If the regime could be overthrown, it would have been toppled during the first days of the revolution," he added. "Whatever plots and conspiracies you have come up with, the power of the regime has increased."

His comments were greeted by the habitual chants of "Death to America!", "Death to Israel!" and also "Death to England!.

The cleric alleged the demonstrators who took to the streets in July and for 10 days in June for protests marked by virulent anti-regime slogans and violent clashes had been paid to do so by the United States.

"Do you believe that you can topple the regime with a bunch of dollars? If you do believe that, then you are stupid," he argued, describing opponents of the Islamic regime set up in 1979 as "politically bankrupt".

Following the June and July protests, thousands of people were arrested, while the judiciary has also launched a fresh crackdown on the reformist press.

Embattled reformist President Mohammad Khatami, who defended the right to peaceful protest but wields little or no authority over conservative-run institutions, has ordered the justice and intelligence ministers to probe the crackdown.
40 posted on 07/18/2003 11:53:11 AM PDT by DoctorZIn (IranAzad... Until they are free, we shall all be Iranians!)
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By Afshin Molavi 7.17.2003

WASHINGTON (EurasiaNet-PS) Reformist forces in Iran are making what some observers have described as a last-ditch effort to thwart the country’s increasingly defiant conservative minority, which controls the key levers of power in the Islamic republic. The reformists have appealed to the country’s supreme leader, Ayatollah Khameneh’i, to embrace democratic reforms over dictatorship "to save the country and repel foreign threats."

In recent years, reformers have suffered a seemingly unending string of political setbacks at the hands of their conservative rivals, who have forcefully resisted all attempts at modernisation by Parliament and President Mohammad Khatami’s government. The defeats have caused much of the reformists’ popular support to evaporate.

The strongly worded appeal to (Ayatollah Ali) Khameneh’i, sent on July 15 and signed by 350 reform-minded intellectuals, is clearly an attempt to blunt the conservatives’ political momentum. The appeal calls for the immediate release of all political prisoners, the revival of banned newspapers, a wide-ranging overhaul of the hard-line judiciary and the reduction of power of un-elected bodies that "contradict the people’s will".

The letter examined "a vital dilemma" facing the Islamic Republic: the choice between democracy and dictatorship. Rather than "succumbing to a despotic interpretation of Islam and the constitution by supporting people who do not have any standing before public opinion", the signatories urge Khameneh’i to support a "democratic interpretation of the constitution".

"It is important that we make our views heard", signatory Ali Reza Alavitabar, a leading reformist intellectual and publisher of several banned newspapers, told "EurasiaNet".

"The Iranian population has become frustrated with the reformist movement because of our inability to ensure the success of our platform of political and social liberalisation. The conservatives have effectively used the system to block us", Alavitabar continued. "They must either stop doing this, or we must make changes to the system to ensure the democratic nature of the Islamic Republic, so they won’t have the power to block popular will so easily".

The Islamic Republic’s political system grants disproportionate power to un-elected bodies and institutions, hampering the country’s fledgling democracy movement. Several of the signatories, including Alavitabar, signed the document at substantial personal risk since they are already under investigation by the judiciary.

"Freedom has costs," Alavitabar said. "Some of us must be willing to pay them."

The reformist appeal targeted three un-elected institutions in particular: The Council of the Guardians (CG), the Expediency Council, and the judiciary. The CG, an un-elected body of six clerics and six lay jurists, has the power to veto all parliamentary legislations. Several times in recent years, the CG has vetoed legislations introduced by the reformist-dominated parliament that would have strengthened Iranian democracy. The Guardians Council also has the power to vet all candidates for public office, and has repeatedly rejected radical reformist candidates, along with secular nationalists, and secular democrats.

Meanwhile, conservative have utilized Iran’s judiciary to jail, harass and intimidate their political opponents. Journalists who have been brought before the press court of Saeed Mortazavi have likened him to "a grand inquisitor" rather than an impartial judge.

The Expediency Council, headed by former President Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani, was created in the late 1980s to mediate disputes between the Guardians Council and parliament. Instead, it has effectively proven itself an ally of the conservative camp, rarely siding with reformists.

The un-elected bodies have effectively created a dual power arrangement in Iran that one pro-democracy student group characterized as "a system of political apartheid." Reformists, including President Khatami, have repeatedly called for a reduction in the power of un-elected bodies, saying they interfere in the political system. Khatami has introduced legislation that would reduce the power of the Guardians Council and strengthen the presidency.

The July 15 letter warned Khameneh'i and the conservatives not to resort to violence and crackdowns against students and reformists who seek change. "Such methods are not only illegal and lack popular, religious, and moral legitimacy, but are also useless and inefficient," the letter said.

In the past month, Iran’s conservatives have stepped up their onslaught against opponents, jailing several leading journalists and detaining up to 4,000 Iranians who took part in nationwide anti-regime protests in June. Iranian officials acknowledged June 16 that interrogators had beaten a journalist to death in late June, following her arrest for photographing a Tehran prison. Conservatives also have taken steps to tighten control over mass media, issuing frequent orders to editors to not cover certain events.

One frustrated newspaper editor told EurasiaNet: "How can I do my job in this kind of environment? I’m always wondering: will this next article land me in jail?" Recently, four editors have been ordered to serve jail time, bringing to 20 the total number of journalists behind bars.

The recent reformist letter comes on the heels of another letter sent to Khamenei a few weeks earlier by reformist parliament members, outlining some of the same themes. In that letter, they noted: "the vast majority of people are disgruntled and hopeless. The majority of elites are either silent or have chosen to emigrate. There is a massive capital flight and foreign forces have totally encircled the country." Couching their argument in national security terms, the letter writers wrote that only a real democracy would ensure the security of the state from foreign threats and internal crises. [For background see the Eurasia Insight archive].

Iran’s reformists are also facing a crisis of their own, observers say. Double-digit inflation and chronic unemployment has caused grumbling about economic mismanagement. The reformists’ inability to follow through on campaign promises has left many of their supporters frustrated. During recent student protests, several chanted slogans urging Khatami to act forcefully or resign.

In addition, Iran’s reformist camp is splitting into two factions – one favoring substantial structural change, the other supporting a more cautious course, according to Alavitabar. He said the "structural change" reformists want a more aggressive strategy to promote reforms. Several of the "structural change" reformists in parliament "might resign within the next few months," a reformist MP, who asked not to be named, told EurasiaNet.

"I’m not sure if it will make a difference in the short-term, but it would show that we cannot accept this anti-democratic assault," the MP said. "Perhaps the benefit would come in the long-term."

Iran’s conservatives, thus far, have shown little willingness to compromise. Their recent victory in Tehran’s municipal elections has bolstered their confidence, analysts say. [For additional information see the Eurasia Insight archives]. In those elections, Tehran residents stayed away from the polls en masse, while the conservatives – who rarely get more than 20 percent of votes – managed to mobilise their base supporters and win the low turn-out election.

Conservatives hope to repeat that same winning formula in parliamentary elections in 2004, analysts add. ENDS REFORMERS VERSUS CONSERVATIVES 18703

Editor’s Note: Mr. Afshin Molavi is a Washington-based journalist who specializes in Iranian and Caucasus affairs.

EurasiaNet carried the above article on 17 July on its website

Some editorial works are by IPS
41 posted on 07/18/2003 11:58:33 AM PDT by DoctorZIn (IranAzad... Until they are free, we shall all be Iranians!)
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The Murder of Canadian Journalist Sparks Bitter "Family Fight"!!

July 18, 2003
The Associated Press
Ali Akbar Dareini

TEHRAN, Iran -- The death of an Iranian-Canadian photojournalist in detention is being bitterly debated by Iran's elected reformers who hold hard-liners directly responsible for the death and unelected but powerful conservatives who blame the victim.

Vice President Mohammad Ali Abtahi said earlier this week that Zahra Kazemi, a freelance photographer, died of brain hemorrhage ``resulting from blows inflicted on her.''

Kazemi, 54, a freelance photographer from Quebec, was detained in Tehran on June 23 as she took photos of Tehran's notorious Evin prison during street demonstrations. She was never charged with any crime. Authorities had tried to keep journalists from covering the protests.

Abtahi, a close ally of reformist President Mohammad Khatami, said an investigation was continuing. He stopped short of confirming accusations by Kazemi's family and friends that the photographer was beaten to death by Iranian security agents who detained her as she covered the demonstrations led by students eager for reforms.

Prominent reformist lawmaker Ali Shakourirad another Khatami ally blames the hard-line head of the judiciary, Ayatollah Mahmoud Hashemi Shahroudi, and Tehran Prosecutor Saeed Mortazavi for the death and the resulting international scandal.

Reformers have long held Shahroudi and Mortazavi responsible for a crackdown on Iranian journalists that started years before Kazemi's death.

As a judge, Mortazavi was behind the closure of more than 90 pro-democracy publications and the imprisonment of dozens of writers and political activists over the past three years. Shahroudi promoted him to the rank of Tehran prosecutor earlier this year.

``The responsibility for the death of Kazemi rests with the Tehran prosecutor and the head of judiciary,'' lawmaker Shakourirad said Friday. ``There is consensus in Iran that Mortazavi is not competent. He tried to conceal the truth and now he has to answer many questions.''

Mortazavi is widely believed to have been behind the initial government announcement, now officially discredited, that Kazemi died of a stroke and to have pushed for quick burial after her death. A committee appointed by the president to investigate the death stepped in Tuesday to prevent the burial, a move followed the next day by the vice president's announcement that she died of a beating.

Kazemi's death and the presidential intervention is a reminder of the 1998 killings of at least four political dissidents, two of them writers and journalists. In that case, it was Khatami's intervention that forced the hard-line Intelligence Ministry to acknowledge its agents were involved, though the ministry said they were rogue operatives.

Hamid Reza Taraqi of the hard-line Islamic Coalition Society, insisted in an interview Friday that Kazemi herself was to blame for her fate.

``Kazemi was illegally taking photos, was detained and a situation developed naturally in the process of interrogation ... She was not tortured. It was due to her own physical condition. She herself should be blamed, not the ruling establishment,'' Taraqi said.

Taraqi accused the president of ``magnifying'' Kazemi's death at the expense of authorities.

``Weakening the judiciary benefits Iran's enemies,'' he said.

In the struggle for power in Iran, hard-liners, who resist any attempt to tamper with the late Ayatollah Khomeini's vision of a country ruled by clerics, lack popular support. Reformers who want democracy and social freedoms lack control of such key centers of power as the judiciary and the security services. Last month's protests were among the largest in years.

Political analyst say Kazemi's death will only worsen Iran's international image.

``It will also encourage the international community to condemn Iran for human rights violations,'' said university professor Davoud Hermidas Bavand. ``The death strengthens the position of countries like U.S. that believe dialogue has failed to encourage Iran to induce changes in its behavior.''
42 posted on 07/18/2003 1:23:20 PM PDT by DoctorZIn (IranAzad... Until they are free, we shall all be Iranians!)
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US Calls On UN Nuclear Agency To Report On Iran Findings

July 18, 2003
Dow Jones Newswires
Nasdaq News

NEW YORK -- The U.S. State Department said Friday that the head of the U.N.'s nuclear agency should provide a full factual account of what its inspectors had found in Iran and should do so well in advance of the U.N.'s next board meeting in September.

Spokesman Richard Boucher made the comment to reporters following a report from Vienna, citing diplomats, that U.N. inspectors had found enriched uranium in environmental samples from Iran.

According to the transcript of his briefing in Washington, Boucher said "We expect Director General (Mohamed) ElBaradei to provide the International Atomic Energy Board of Governors with a full and factual accounting of what they have found in Iran. We would hope that would come well in advance of the next International Atomic Energy Agency Board of Governors meeting, which is scheduled, I think, Sept, 8 to 12. And we'll work with other members of the board to ensure that the board takes effective and appropriate action."

Asked if the U.S. had been notified about IAEA findings, Boucher replied "It's not for us to describe what we've heard; it's for them to say what they have to say on the subject. But I would say we look forward to hearing the full account of everything that they have uncovered."

Answering a subsequent question, Boucher said "I can say that we've heard a lot. There was a board meeting in June; the IAEA laid out a whole lot of information of what they've been finding. We're also looking for additional information from recent visits, and from the results of the sampling that they've done. And I'm sure they'll be producing that information when it's ready."

Boucher said "We have long said that Iran's clandestine nuclear program represents a serious challenge to regional stability, to the entire international community and to the global nonproliferation regime. And I think if you see the reporting of recent - the revelations of recent months demonstrate the accuracy of those statements that we've made."

In Vienna, The Associated Press reported that ElBaradei referred to the report that enriched uranium had been found as "pure speculation at this stage."

"There's a lot of analysis we need to discuss ... with Iran," ElBaradei told AP. "We are not in any way ready to come up with a conclusion on that issue before we discuss all the results with the Iranian authorities."
43 posted on 07/18/2003 1:24:41 PM PDT by DoctorZIn (IranAzad... Until they are free, we shall all be Iranians!)
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More news on the jamming....

Cubans questioned about jamming of broadcasts to Iran

The Associated Press
7/18/03 4:54 PM

WASHINGTON (AP) -- The United States has called in Cuban representatives and asked them to investigate whether jamming of broadcasts to Iran originates on or near the island, State Department spokesman Richard Boucher said Friday.

He said the meeting took place in Washington on Thursday.

A senior State Department official, who spoke on condition of anonymity said, "We are giving them the chance to find it and close it down."

Boucher said, "We raised the jamming with the government of Cuba. The interference with Loral Skynet commercial satellite transmissions appears to emanate from the vicinity of Cuba and does appear to be intentional."

Iran's Islamic government has accused U.S.-based satellite stations of stoking pro-democracy protests by providing unfiltered information in the country.

While Cuban authorities have long jammed U.S. government broadcasts to their own country just off the coast of Florida, blocking transmissions to a third country in a distant hemisphere would be unprecedented, a U.S. official said earlier this week.

In Ciego de Avila, Cuba, Ricardo Alarcon, president of the Cuban National Assembly, denied the accusations as an anti-Cuban ploy of the United States.

"You never know what they'll come up with to justify aggression against the island," said Alarcon, a top adviser to President Fidel Castro on U.S. affairs. Alarcon's comments were distributed by the Cuban news agency, Prensa Latina.

Kenneth Tomlinson, who oversees the Voice of America, as chairman of the Broadcasting Board of Governors, said Wednesday "this has ominous implications for the future of international satellite broadcasting."

Iran itself can't block the programming because the signals must be jammed over the Atlantic Ocean where the satellites are positioned.

U.S. officials believe Iran contracted with Cuba to do the job this month, on the eve of the four-year anniversary of large-scale student protests, "to block the flow of news in a time when they obviously thought they were going to loose control of their own people," Tomlinson said.

He said an interference signal jamming the satellites has been tracked to a facility near Havana -- a claim based on information provided by the satellite service providers.
44 posted on 07/18/2003 3:26:31 PM PDT by DoctorZIn (IranAzad... Until they are free, we shall all be Iranians!)
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"Kenneth Tomlinson, who oversees the Voice of America, as chairman of the Broadcasting Board of Governors, said Wednesday "this has ominous implications for the future of international satellite broadcasting."

Is this why the media has been avoiding this story?
It's a threat to their future livelihood?
Might affect investments?
Stock market values?
45 posted on 07/18/2003 3:41:01 PM PDT by nuconvert
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To: nuconvert
Very good questions.
46 posted on 07/18/2003 4:01:45 PM PDT by dixiechick2000
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To: nuconvert
I agree. I wish we had answers to these questions.
47 posted on 07/18/2003 4:25:24 PM PDT by DoctorZIn (IranAzad... Until they are free, we shall all be Iranians!)
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State Department: US Expects Full IAEA Accounting on Iran

World News
Jul 18, 2003

The United States says it expects a "full and factual" accounting by the International Atomic Energy Agency of any evidence it may have found in Iran about that country's efforts to produce weapons-grade uranium. The comments follow news reports that samples taken by the IAEA in Iran have yielded traces of highly-enriched uranium.

The Bush administration has long contended that Iran's nominally-peaceful nuclear program is concealing a covert weapons effort.

And it is calling IAEA Director-General Mohammed ElBaradei to provide the United States and other agency board members with an early report on what IAEA inspectors may have discovered on recent visits to Iran.

The appeal followed an account by the Reuters news agency Friday quoting diplomats in Vienna the IAEA headquarters as saying that IAEA environmental samples taken in Iran indicate that country has been enriching uranium without informing the U.N. nuclear watchdog.

Briefing reporters here, State Department spokesman Richard Boucher said the United States expects a full report on the test results, and hopefully well in advance of the IAEA's next scheduled board meeting September 12.

He said latest report and other recent revelations about Iran's nuclear activities only underscore concerns about Iran's nuclear program, which, he said, poses a serious challenge to regional stability and global non-proliferation efforts.

"We've always said that the Iranian clandestine nuclear program should be a very serious concern to everyone, that it was much more than a peaceful reactor program," he said. "I think this substantiates those statements that we've made over time, and we would expect everyone to be able to act accordingly."

Questioned about the Reuters report, a spokeswoman for the IAEA said the agency was still in the middle of a complex inspection process in Iran, and is investigating "a number of unresolved issues."

She said more samples would be taken in coming weeks and that the IAEA is not ready to judge the significance of test results. Mr. ElBaradei himself was quoted by the Associated Press as saying the alleged uranium discovery was "pure speculation" at this point.

In February, Iranian authorities allowed Mr. ElBaradei and other IAEA experts to visit a uranium-enrichment facility at Natanz in central Iran that had been identified by an Iranian exile group last year as part of a covert bomb program.

Iran says the Natanz plant is to produce fuel for nuclear power plants and it has no interest in building nuclear weapons, though the Tehran government has resisted tougher inspections of its program.

U.S. officials have accused Iran of seeking nuclear weapons and missiles to deliver them, and that it otherwise makes no sense for the energy-rich country to be spending hundreds of millions of dollars to acquire a full nuclear fuel-cycle.
48 posted on 07/18/2003 4:26:18 PM PDT by DoctorZIn (IranAzad... Until they are free, we shall all be Iranians!)
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I don't know if this was posted back in June some time or not. It's the transcript of an interview with Brit Hume and Professor Sobhani of Georgetown University regarding Iranian/American T.V. (hope it's not too long)

June 18: Is President Bush Instigating Protests in Iran?

Thursday, June 19, 2003


GEORGE W. BUSH, PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES: I appreciate those courageous souls that speak out for freedom in Iran (search). They need to know that America stands squarely by their side. And I would urge the Iranian administration to treat them with the utmost of respect.


BRIT HUME, HOST: Statements like that from President Bush have led the Iranian government to claim that the U.S. government is instigating the protest in that country in the past week. But the president's words might not be heard in Iran were it not for U.S.-based satellite TV stations -- there you see one now, that are heard and seen in that country even though they are illegal.

So, who are these broadcasters and what impact are they really having? For answers, we turn to Professor Rob Sobhani of Georgetown University.

Professor, welcome.


HUME: Who are these people and what are they doing and how many are there? And where are they getting their money? What's going on here?

SOBHANI: These are part of the broader Iranian dissident move, they're opponents of the Islamic government of Iran. Most of them fled after the Islamic Revolution in Iran.

HUME: And where do they live?

SOBHANI: They live in Los Angeles. There are close to 500,000 Iranians living in Los Angeles County alone.

HUME: Five hundred thousand?

SOBHANI: Five hundred thousand in Los Angeles County alone, and in all of California, most likely around a million Iranians.

HUME: Well, how does that compare with the Iranians Diaspora around the world?

SOBHANI: It is the largest Iranian Diaspora (search) in the world here in the United States. Here in our area in the Washington area, we have approximately 200,000 Iranians.

HUME: Boy, I had no idea of that. Wow.

SOBHANI: And that's why the message is resonating inside the country because those youths inside the country have relatives here.

HUME: Now, the Iranian government is not hospitable to these broadcasts. They try -- and satellite TV is illegal, isn't it?

SOBHANI: Absolutely.

HUME: So how many people hear them?

SOBHANI: It's courageous. They get it. Approximately 10 to 15 million probably get it on a nightly basis. And then each program is probably taped. The video is then distributed; much like the Ayatollah Khomeini (search) did in '79 for his revolution.

HUME: Well, that was the audiocassettes.

SOBHANI: Audiocassettes, exactly. In this particular case, it's a videocassette and it is distributed. And that's where the students get most of their information and encouragement.

HUME: Now, Michael Ledeen was here the other day from the American Enterprise Institute, and he said that the words of encouragement from the president of the United States really matter, even mildly expressed like this. Is that true?

SOBHANI: Absolutely. If the president of the United States wanted to directly talk to the Iranian people, he could do it through these satellite television stations in Los Angeles. And it would have a huge impact.

HUME: How many of them are there, these stations?

SOBHANI: There are at least seven.

HUME: Really, seven?

SOBHANI: Seven. But of the top, you are looking at may be three to four that really matter, that people inside the country listen to.

HUME: Now, we're seeing some pictures of National Iranian TV, the studios there. It looks pretty...

SOBHANI: Pretty rudimentary.

HUME: It looks pretty...

SOBHANI: But professional. Absolutely.

HUME: Well, yes. But I've seen a lot of worse looking sets than that.

SOBHANI: And that gentleman just there, he is one of the most you know, well liked anchors. He's the Brit Hume of Iranian Satellite TV. Yes.

HUME: And he's -- what's that Iranian Satellite TV, is that the big of the one?

SOBHANI: That's one of the biggest ones. The biggest one is probably N.I.TV, which is run by a former...

HUME: What does that stand for?

SOBHANI: National Iranian Television. But once again...

HUME: Sounds the same.

SOBHANI: It's almost the same name, but the point being, they're probably the biggest. N.I. TV is probably the biggest one.

But the impact that they have is greater, as I said. They can take President Bush's message immediately translate it, get it into Iran and that has enormous impact.

HUME: Now, what kind of budget do these Iranian TV stations in the U.S. operate under?

SOBHANI: Well, unfortunately, they have to rely on their own resources; they have to rely on advertising revenues from you know, local vendors. And that's why Senator Brownback...

HUME: You mean, and that advertising appeals to the Iranian-Americans who watch those stations?

SOBHANI: Absolutely. Absolutely. The local car dealership...

HUME: Because they're not getting any advertising, any business from the people in Iran?

SOBHANI: No. No. There's no -- absolutely not. And they're not getting any advertising from Coca-Cola or Pepsi Cola, by the way either. What they're getting is the local advertising within their own local market.

HUME: So you're talking about car dealers, restaurants?

SOBHANI: Absolutely. Absolutely. And that's why Senator Sam Brownback legislation...

HUME: Now, he's the Republican Senator from Kansas, and he's introduced legislation to do what?

SOBHANI: To provide $50 million to boost the operations of these satellite television stations, because unlike Iraq, Iranian people do listen, do watch and are encouraged by this.

HUME: Well, would that not brand these forever as organs of the U.S. government and perhaps diminish their credibility with the Iranians or not?

SOBHANI: The Iranian government has always used the United States as a whipping tool. And so whether we do it or not, we're always going to be branded as the Great Satan. So, I think that Senator Brownback's legislation is absolutely timely. I think the president can really provide a lot of moral support by supporting Brownback's legislation.

HUME: Now, the $50 million is not a lot of money. I mean it's a lot of money in your standards and mine, but...

SOBHANI: Absolutely.

HUME: ... in the overall terms of the federal budget it is nothing. What is the situation with that bill?

SOBHANI: Well, I think if there were to be some encouragement from the Bush administration it could pass, because I think there is bipartisan sentiment on Capitol Hill, both Democrats and Republicans would support it. I think they're looking for the president and administration for a green light. And once they get that I think it will pass.

HUME: Now, how successful can the Iranian government be in jamming these broadcasts? I mean knowing first of all, they're illegal to start with, so it's not easy to get them, but what about jamming?

SOBHANI: Exactly. Well, obviously like the Soviet Union tried to do it, just like other dictatorships try tried to do it, they will try to jam as well. But these people are very entrepreneurial, they're very shrewd, they're very smart, I should say. And they find ways of getting that screen into the homes in Iran. And that's why the $50 million will also help a lot because it will prevent the jamming by the government.

HUME: You mean they can buy more sophisticated equipment?

SOBHANI: Equipment. Absolutely.

HUME: Now, it was mentioned in Jim Angle's report that the United States has been down this road of encouraging insurrection before. And then at times in the past, it's not meant that it was going to be there when things really happened and the crunch came and crackdown came. Is there a danger of that here in your judgment?

SOBHANI: I don't think so because what we're seeing in Iran is homegrown. What we're seeing in Iran is basically...

HUME: Well, it was in homegrown in Hungary, too and it was certainly homegrown in Iraq after the First Gulf War, too.

SOBHANI: Absolutely. But the difference is this; the people inside Iran do look to the United States for moral support. All they're asking for is moral clarity right now. Make sure we don't let them down. However, not military...

HUME: Well, let them down may mean not be there militarily, wouldn't it?

SOBHANI: Exactly. No. We don't need to intervene militarily. All they want is for example, just like we talked earlier, support Brownback's legislation. Make sure Europeans don't throw a lifeline to the Islamic government. Make sure that the president does talk to the Iranian people. Outline a vision for how he sees U.S.-Iran relations. That would go a long, long way within Iran.

The missing element in all of this is an opposition figure. Once an opposition figure emerges, then I think we will see an acceleration.

HUME: All right. Rob Sobhani, great to have you. Thanks for coming.

SOBHANI: Thanks a lot. Thank you.

49 posted on 07/18/2003 10:03:16 PM PDT by nuconvert
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16 July 2003

U.S. Expresses Condolences for Death of Iranian-Canadian Journalist in Iran
Calls on Iran to protect human rights of demonstrators, journalists

Washington -- In the wake of press reports indicating that more journalists have been arrested in Iran, the State Department, on June 15, said the United States "views with concern the continuing arrests and detentions of student activists and journalists for simply peacefully demonstrating, voicing political views, and reporting information."

The State Department called on the Iranian regime to protect the human rights of activists and journalists, and to release them.

A State Department spokesman also reacted to the death of an Iranian-Canadian journalist who died in custody after being arrested in Iran.

"We express our condolences for the death of the Iranian-Canadian journalist, Zahraa Kazemi, and join in the demand for a full investigation into the circumstances of her death," the spokesman said.

(Distributed by the Bureau of International Information Programs, U.S. Department of State. Web site:
50 posted on 07/18/2003 10:04:44 PM PDT by F14 Pilot
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