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Iranian Alert -- September 15, 2003 -- IRAN LIVE THREAD PING LIST
The Iranian Student Movement Up To The Minute Reports ^ | 9.15.2003 | DoctorZin

Posted on 09/15/2003 12:10:14 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.


TOPICS: Extended News; Foreign Affairs; News/Current Events; War on Terror
KEYWORDS: iran; iranianalert; protests; studentmovement; studentprotest
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To: AdmSmith
"...difficult, if not impossible, to reign them in and to centralize intelligence activities."

Rogue intelligence units? Might some turn on the regime?
41 posted on 09/15/2003 8:54:04 PM PDT by nuconvert
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US judge orders Iran to pay more than $400 million to victims
Associated Press
Washington, September 16

A federal judge has ruled that the Iranian Government must pay more than $400 million in damages to eight Americans injured in a 1997 suicide bombing in Jerusalem.

US District Judge Ricardo M Urbina said the attack at a crowded pedestrian mall was carried out by members of the radical Islamic group Hamas, which the State Department says receives training, money and operational support from Iran.

Powerful explosive devices loaded with nails, screws, pieces of glass and chemical poisons killed five people and wounded nearly 200 in the September 4, 1997, attack.

The lawsuit is among dozens filed against Iran under a 1996 US law that allows Americans to sue nations listed by the United States as sponsoring terrorism for damages suffered in terrorist acts. The Iranian government has not responded formally to any of the lawsuits.

In the Jerusalem bombing decision, issued on Wednesday, Urbina awarded nearly $110 million in compensatory damages, which compensates for actual harm, to the eight Americans directly injured in the attack and $13.5 million in compensatory damages for emotional suffering to four family members of the victims. He also awarded $300 million in punitive damages to be shared among victims.

Victims of foreign terrorism who win judgments against Iran are allowed to collect a portion of their compensatory damages from the US government. Frozen Iranian assets in the United States serve as collateral for the payments.,0005.htm
42 posted on 09/15/2003 9:47:48 PM PDT by F14 Pilot
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Iran to keep calm over ultimatum

Dan De Luce in Tehran
Monday September 15, 2003
The Guardian

Iran insisted yesterday it would not make "nervous and tough reactions" to a decision by the UN's atomic watchdog that demands Iran prove it has no nuclear weapons programme by the end of October.
The country's leadership seemed stunned by the resolution adopted last Friday by the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA). The resolution calls on Iran to answer all unresolved questions about its nuclear programme by October 31.

After threatening to break off cooperation with the IAEA, Iran's envoy to the body, Ali Akbar Salehi, said his government would keep working with UN inspectors, the newspaper Iran quoted him as saying.

Iran insists its nuclear programme is designed to generate electricity and that equipment was "contaminated" with enriched uranium by a previous owner.,3604,1042064,00.html
43 posted on 09/15/2003 9:53:17 PM PDT by F14 Pilot
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To: nuconvert
Rogue intelligence units? Might some turn on the regime?

They already have, harassing reformist MPs
44 posted on 09/15/2003 10:43:10 PM PDT by AdmSmith
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Iran — an important economic and political partner of EU: European think tank

BRUSSELS: A leading European think-tank has underlined the important role and position of the Islamic Republic for the European Union, and also acknowledged the great influence of Islam in shaping European civilization, IRNA reported from Brussels.

“Iran is a very important country for the EU. As the EU develops its own independent foreign and security policy, its relations with Iran will become more important,” said John Palmer, political director of the Brussels-based European Policy Centre, in an interview with IRNA.

“This is a country of immense culture, potentially a very important economic and political partner of the EU,” said Palmer, a widely-respected analyst and former political editor for many years for the British paper The Guardian in Brussels.

He said the full democratization of Iran would be very important not only politically but in strengthening Iran’s economic international impact. “We know that the reform process is yet incomplete. We think that the interest of all Iranians lie in completing that process.” He said that Iran has a very considerable influence in the region and the Islamic world particularly in the world of Shia Islam. The European Policy Centre, he noted, is an independent think-tank founded seven years ago, operating at the level of the EU and focused on how EU policy be evolved and improved.

The active cooperation of Iran is very important to resolve the problems in Palestine, Iraq, Afghanistan, and terrorism, he said. Palmer pointed out the difference in EU-US approach towards the Islamic Republic.

The EU’s policy has been one of dialogue and engagement with Iran, he said, adding that “We did not agree with the ‘axis of evil’ characterization by the Bush administration.” He, however, pointed to Europe’s concern about Iran’s nuclear programme.

The European Policy Centre, Palmer said, is working on a comprehensive dialogue between Europe and the Islamic world. “We owe a great debt to the Islamic world. Our civilisation, the renaissance, the scientific revolution, the re-learning of the Classics came to Europe from Islamic world.”
45 posted on 09/15/2003 11:12:43 PM PDT by F14 Pilot
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Iran 'must pay $633m to victims'

From correspondents in Washington
September 16, 2003

A US court has ruled that Iran must pay more than $US420 million ($633 million) to 12 US victims of a 1997 suicide bombing in Jerusalem carried out by the Iran-supported Palestinian militant group Hamas.

The court awarded $US123.34 million for physical and emotional damages to the plaintiffs, four of whom were not present at the bombing but whose relatives were affected, and $US300 million in punitive damages against the government of Iran, court papers indicated.

In its ruling issued on September 10, the court said it arrived at a "default judgment" since the defendants – the Islamic Republic of Iran, the Ministry of Information and Security (MOIS) and the Iranian Revolutionary Guards – failed to attend a January hearing.

The case stems from the September 4, 1997, suicide bombing at the Ben Yehuda Street pedestrian mall in Jerusalem that killed five people and wounded nearly 200 others, including eight of the plaintiffs who filed two separate lawsuits in 2000 and 2001 which the court later consolidated.

Three suicide bombers – each carrying bombs "with nails, screws, pieces of glass and chemical poisons," – were involved in the blast. Two Hamas operatives were arrested and convicted in the attack.

The court, based on past court rulings in similar cases, concluded that Hamas "has a close relationship with Iran" and that "Iran provides ongoing terrorist training and economic assistance to Hamas".

Experts at the hearing testified that Iran's MOIS "spends between $US50 million and $US100 million a year sponsoring terrorist activities of various organisations such as Hamas" – up to 25 percent of its annual budget.

The damages awarded to the eight plaintiffs include compensatory damages for physical, psychological injuries and loss of prospective income.

The punitive damages awarded were based on "longstanding precedent ... the court applies the multiple of three times Iran's annual expenditure on terrorism ... resulting in $US37,500,000 for each plaintiff present at the bombing.",4057,7283661%255E1702,00.html
46 posted on 09/15/2003 11:14:53 PM PDT by F14 Pilot
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47 posted on 09/16/2003 12:01:53 AM PDT by DoctorZIn
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