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  • Human Rights Travesty

    07/23/2007 9:42:25 PM PDT · by nuconvert · 8 replies · 539+ views
    Frontpage Mag. ^ | July 23, 2007 | Kenneth R. Timmerman
    Human Rights Travesty By Kenneth R. Timmerman | July 23, 2007 If human rights abuses were ranked like baseball careers, Iranís ruling clerics and the mighty midget theyíve installed as president would deserve honored places in the 21st Centuryís Hall of Shame. On July 10, Iranís Interior ministry confirmed the sentence, handed down ten days earlier by a court in the north of the country, condemning a man to death by stoning. If youíve never witnessed a stoning (and most of us havenít, I trust), you can get a flavor for the barbarity of this Koranic punishment from a...
  • Iran: The Anti-democracy

    11/12/2007 5:12:20 AM PST · by nuconvert · 2 replies · 110+ views
    Los Angeles Times ^ | November 12, 2007 | Akbar Ganji
    Iran: The Anti-democracy November 12, 2007 Los Angeles Times Akbar Ganji The Islamic regime brutally stifles dissent and determines rights and privileges based on religion. The Islamic Republic of Iran is master of the double standard. For instance, the regime believes it has the right to establish political groups in other countries, such as Lebanon's Hezbollah, the Iraqi Islamic Supreme Council and a number of groups in Afghanistan. It openly supports Hamas to the tune of millions of dollars -- another example of this general modus operandi. So, by logical extension, the Islamic Republic asserts that opponents of a government...
  • Manouchehr Ganji: Help set Iran free

    09/09/2006 7:24:45 PM PDT · by nuconvert · 29 replies · 703+ views
    Dallas Morning News ^ | September 7, 2006
    Manouchehr Ganji: Help set Iran free Democracy movement requires West's support September 7, 2006 What many Americans don't realize is that Ė 28 years after taking power Ė the ruling mullahs and their henchmen are hated in Iran and their power is shaky. Why? The Iranian people, including the vast majority of those under the age of 30, know them for who they are. So while the government is busy with its foreign adventures Ė including an outrageous Washington visit this week by former Iranian President Mohammad Khatami Ė the younger people and women are in the forefront of an...
  • Iran activist 'snubs White House'

    07/25/2006 12:05:55 AM PDT · by Republicain · 20 replies · 976+ views
    BBC News ^ | 07/25/2006 | Daryoush Homaee
    Iranian dissident Akbar Ganji declined to meet White House officials during a visit to the US, he has told the BBC.
  • The Real Iranian Threat

    07/15/2006 8:50:42 AM PDT · by nuconvert · 3 replies · 664+ views
    Iranvajahan/WSJ ^ | July 15, 2006 | ROYA HAKAKIAN
    The Real Iranian Threat By ROYA HAKAKIAN July 15, 2006 At long last, some good news from Iran reaches U.S. shores. Akbar Ganji, one of Iran's leading advocates for democratic change, will arrive in the U.S. today. More than his arrival, it is his survival that should count as a small miracle: No one in Iran has so boldly broken political taboos and lived to tell the tale. Mr. Ganji has denounced the country's rulers as members of a fascist regime and, borrowing the famous words that Ayatollah Khomeini used to address the Shah, has said that Supreme Leader Sayyid...
  • Iranian Alert - April 16, 2006 - US has planned since 2003 to invade Iran

    04/16/2006 5:13:55 PM PDT · by freedom44 · 29 replies · 2,298+ views
    Regime Change Iran ^ | 4/16/06 | freedom44
    Top News Story Financial Times WASHINGTON/TEHRAN: The US has prepared several plans to attack Iran since 2003, a former intelligence expert with the US military reported Sunday in the Washington Post. According to security analyst William Arkin, the US Central Command has been devising war scenarios with Iran at least since May 2003, shortly after the US-led invasion of neighbouring Iraq. One of the possible campaigns, entitled TIRANNT (theatre Iran near term) dealt with clash of US and Iranian ground troops, taking into account US experiences in its recent Iraq invasion, Arkin said. In addition, the US drew up...
  • Iranian Alert - April 15, 2006 - Iran boasts it can defeat the US military

    04/15/2006 6:24:55 PM PDT · by freedom44 · 16 replies · 6,652+ views
    Regime Change Iran ^ | 4/15/06 | freedom44
    Top News Story AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE TEHRAN -- Iran boasted yesterday it could defeat any American military action over its nuclear drive, in one of the Islamic regime's boldest challenges yet to the United States. "You can start a war but it won't be you who finishes it," said Gen. Yahya Rahim Safavi, the head of the Revolutionary Guards and among the regime's most powerful figures. "The Americans know better than anyone that their troops in the region and in Iraq are vulnerable. I would advise them not to commit such a strategic error," he told reporters on the sidelines...
  • Iranian Alert - April 14, 2006 - Congress holding up funding of Iranian opposition broadcasts?

    04/15/2006 10:24:19 AM PDT · by DoctorZIn · 6 replies · 797+ views
    Regime Change Iran ^ | 4.14.2006 | DoctorZin
    Top News Story Congress holding up funding of Iranian opposition broadcasts into Iran? Eli Lake, The New York Sun reported that the Senate Foreign Relations Committee and the House appropriations panel are resisting administration efforts to fund independent Iranian broadcast efforts into Iran and instead want to solely fund Voice of America and Radio Farda. But Iranian opposition groups claim VOA and Radio Farda are undermining pro-democracy efforts inside of Iran. † ElBaradei leave Iran empty handed. The Times reported that Mohamed ElBaradei delivered in person in Tehran a message from the four permanent Security Council members.The New York...
  • Iranian Alert - April 13, 2006 - The world responds to Iran's nuclear announcement

    04/13/2006 10:32:08 PM PDT · by DoctorZIn · 9 replies · 955+ views
    Regime Change Iran ^ | 4.13.2006 | DoctorZin
    Top News Story The world responds to Iran's announcement. The Wall Street Journal reported that Iran in formal breach of a U.N. Security Council resolution and now has the know how to make a nuclear bomb.Reuters reported that the UN is unlikely to act sooner than May on the question of Iran's nuclear ambitions.The Washington Post reported that Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice said that the United Nations Security Council must now take "strong steps." The permanent 5 (plus Germany) will meet next week in Moscow.The Washington Post reported that Russia's Foreign Ministry criticized Iran saying: "We believe that...
  • Iranian Alert - April 12, 2006 - An Iranian nuke in 2007... perhaps much earlier.

    04/12/2006 6:20:52 PM PDT · by DoctorZIn · 11 replies · 1,096+ views
    Regime Change Iran ^ | 4.12.2006 | DoctorZin
    Top News Story Iran's big announcement: "will soon join the nuclear club." AP reported that Iran has successfully enriched uranium for the first time and Ahmadinejad added that the country "will soon join the club of countries with nuclear technology."Mehran Riazaty reported Iranian leaders were meeting with many of its neighbors the morning of Iran's nuclear announcement. The report reminds us that Iranian leaders are seeking to increase the price of oil to $100 a barrel.IranMania reported that the Iranian Defense Minister said that Tehran is ready to sign non-aggression pacts with countries in the region.Kuwait News Agency reported...
  • Iranian Alert - April 11, 2006 - IAEA: Iran is moving closer to being able to create a bomb.

    04/11/2006 9:27:32 PM PDT · by DoctorZIn · 11 replies · 1,058+ views
    Regime Change Iran ^ | 4.11.2006 | DoctorZin
    Top News Story Even the IAEA experts say Iran is moving closer to being able to create a bomb. Telegraph reported that teams of nuclear experts attached to the IAEA are saying Iran's ayatollahs are moving closer to their goal of building an atom bomb.   Iran to make nuclear announcement: Tuesday. Reuters reported that Iran's president promised "good news" within days about the country's nuclear program.Mehran Riazaty produced a roundup of Iranian press reports discussing Ahmadinejad's coming announcement on Iran’s nuclear program.   Solana: "We have to begin thinking about..." sanctions. The Washington Post reported that EU foreign...
  • Iranian Alert - April 10, 2006 - Brits tracking Iranian spies in Iraq.

    04/10/2006 8:45:31 PM PDT · by DoctorZIn · 1 replies · 765+ views
    Regime Change Iran ^ | 4.10.2006 | DoctorZin
    Top News Story Brits tracking Iranian spies in Iraq. Sunday Mirror reported that British Special Forces are tracking up to 40 Iranian agents who have slipped over the border into southern Iraq.   Tehran fire linked to secret uranium enrichment? Ha'aretz reported that a fire broke out in a forest north of Tehran on Saturday, not far from an area intelligence agencies suspected illegal nuclear activity.   Iraqi leaders denounce Mubarak. The New York Times reported that Iraqi leaders joined together to denounce President Hosni Mubarak of Egypt today for publicly asserting that Iraq was already engulfed in civil...
  • Iranian Alert - April 9, 2006 - Former Int. Chief: Israel can't destroy Iran's nukes

    04/09/2006 3:17:23 PM PDT · by freedom44 · 31 replies · 2,151+ views
    Regime Change Iran ^ | 4/9/06 | freedom44
    Top News Story Middle East News WASHINGTON [MENL] -- Israel's military was said to be unable to destroy Iran's nuclear facilities. A former leading U.S. intelligence chief said Israel does not have sufficient assets or support for a major attack required to destroy Iran's nuclear weapons program. The intelligence chief cited the absence of Israeli aircraft carriers and the need for warplanes to enter the air space of Arab rivals. "The United States is the only country in the world that has capability of carrying out the estimated thousand strike sorties needed to destroy the Iran's nuclear program," [Ret.]...
  • Iranian Alert - April 8, 2006 - Report: US planning strike on Iran

    04/08/2006 10:55:45 AM PDT · by freedom44 · 9 replies · 1,388+ views
    Regime Change Iran ^ | 4/8/2006 | freedom44
    Top News Story Jerusalem Post The American government is planning a military strike on Iran, including bombing its nuclear reactor, according to an investigative report due to be published next week in The New Yorker magazine. According to the report, which quotes a former senior CIA official, President George Bush and his administration see in Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad "a new Adolf Hitler." A senior Pentagon advisor, quoted in the article, said that the White House was convinced the only way to solve the problem would be to change the balance of power with Iran through war. Another former...
  • Iranian Alert - April 7, 2006 - Senior Iranian official in Washington DC lobbying for US/Iran talks!

    04/07/2006 4:40:00 PM PDT · by DoctorZIn · 3 replies · 959+ views
    Regime Change Iran ^ | 4.7.2006 | DoctorZin
    Top News Story Senior Iranian official in Washington DC lobbying for US/Iran talks! The Financial Times reported that a senior Iranian official, Mohammad Nahavandian, has flown to Washington to ‚Äúlobby‚ÄĚ high level US/Iran talks, but the Bush administration is resisting. ¬† The real reason why Iran wants US/Iran talks. Iran Press News reported that the Iranian press is discussing the real reason for the Islamic regime is attempting to hold discussions with the U.S. regarding Iraq. ¬† More bad news regarding Iran's nuclear program. Telegraph reported American intelligence believes that the nose cone of the Shahab-3 ballistic missile has...
  • Iranian Alert - April 6, 2006 - Iran's Earthquake victims arrested

    04/06/2006 7:19:16 PM PDT · by DoctorZIn · 4 replies · 1,032+ views
    Regime Change Iran ^ | 4.6.2006 | DoctorZin
    Top News Story Iran's Earthquake victims arrested. Iran Press News reported that the Iranian regime has been arresting earthquake victims who complained the lack of relief, calling them ‚Äúagitators and hoodlums‚ÄĚ. One example: no more than 2000 tents have been sent to provide shelter 250,000 people. No private citizen is permitted to deliver any assistance. ¬† Unpaid workers in Iran committing suicide. Iran Press News reported that in recent months, the number of suicides among unpaid workers in Iran has skyrocketed; some of the workers have even committed suicide with their families. ¬† Iran's "world's fastest torpedo" easy to...
  • Iranian Alert - April 5, 2006 - Still more on Iran's military war game tests PLUS...

    04/05/2006 9:06:40 PM PDT · by DoctorZIn · 6 replies · 1,144+ views
    Regime Change Iran ^ | 4.5.2006 | DoctorZin
    Top News Story Iran's military war game tests. Bill Gertz, The Washington Times referring to Iran's tests of an older Scud missile variant last week reported that the Pentagon said Iran often exaggerates its military developments.MosNews reported that the chairman of the Russian State Duma said that the latest demonstration of military force by Iran "is not quite appropriate now."India Defence reported that Iran successfully tested a "super-modern flying boat" which Iran claimed: "no radar at sea or in the air can locate it. It can lift out of the water... and can launch missiles with precise targeting while...
  • Iranian Alert - April 4, 2006 - Iran: "We have very important news... in the next few days."

    04/04/2006 9:01:06 PM PDT · by DoctorZIn · 18 replies · 6,650+ views
    Regime Change Iran ^ | 4.4.2006 | DoctorZin
    Top News Story Iran Military war games: "We have very important news... in the next few days." Reuters reported that Iran test fired a new torpedo in the Strait of Hormuz that they claim are "capable of destroying enemy warships and submarines at any depth and moving at any speed." They added: "We are going to have very important news that will make our nation proud in the next few days."The Financial Times reported that Iran’s announcement that it had tested a new torpedo in the Persian Gulf is driving up oil prices.ABC News reported that Richard Clarke said:...
  • Iranian Alert - April 3, 2006 - Is the regime changing tactics as it shows off its "big sticks?"

    04/03/2006 11:31:50 PM PDT · by DoctorZIn · 11 replies · 994+ views
    Regime Change Iran ^ | 4.3.2006 | DoctorZin
    Top News Story Is the regime changing tactics as it shows off its "big sticks?" Today's stick: its underwater missile. Reuters reported that a senior Iranian naval commander Iran has test-fired a sonar-evading underwater missile that can outpace any enemy warship.Ilan Berman, American Foreign Policy Council reported that Iran is assembling a new class of hybrid intermediate ballistic missiles that bring nearly every city in Western Europe within striking distance. † Iranian regime lowers rhetoric (a little) but no changes. Reuters reported that Iran blasted the U.N. Security Council for trying to pressure it into halting its uranium enrichment...
  • Iranian Alert - April 2, 2006 - Intel: Iran would strike US targets in response to military strikes

    04/02/2006 1:21:44 PM PDT · by DoctorZIn · 14 replies · 1,376+ views
    Regime Change Iran ^ | 4.2.2006 | DoctorZin
    Top News Story Intel: Iran would strike US targets in response to military strikes. The Washington Post reported that U.S. intelligence and terrorism experts say they believe Iran would respond to U.S. military strikes with attacks against U.S. targets worldwide. Britain secret talks about strike against Iran? Denied. Telegraph reported plans by Britain to hold a high-level meeting which will take place in the Ministry of Defense at which senior defense chiefs and government officials to consider the consequences of an attack on Iran.BBC News later reported that the Ministry of Defense said: "No such meeting between defense, foreign...
  • Iranian Alert - April 1, 2006 - Iran tests new stealth missile

    04/01/2006 8:28:29 PM PST · by DoctorZIn · 21 replies · 1,702+ views
    Regime Change Iran ^ | 4.1.2006 | DoctorZin
    Top News Story Iran tests new stealth missile. Times Online reported that Iran today test-fired a new missile with the ability to avoid radar and hit several targets simultaneously.Islamic Republic News Agency during a joint Iranian maritime war-game in the Persian Gulf, reported that: "One unit of Shahab 2 missile is to be launched to resemble peace and friendship among littoral states of the Persian Gulf and Sea of Oman."Dow Jones Newswires reported that the U.S. State Department said Iran's successful test of a nuclear-capable missile demonstrates Iran's "very active and aggressive military program" that is worrisome to the...
  • Iranian Alert - March 31, 2006 - Iran defies the UN Security Council

    03/31/2006 6:51:13 PM PST · by DoctorZIn · 14 replies · 965+ views
    Regime Change Iran ^ | 3.31.2006 | DoctorZin
    Top News Story Iran defies the UN Security Council. Breitbart reported that Iran defiantly rejected a U.N. call to re-impose a freeze on uranium enrichment.Bloomberg reported that the five permanent members of the United Nations Security Council will use a meeting in Berlin to discuss action to take after the council told Iran to stop enriching uranium.The New York Times reported that members of the UN Security Council are rejecting calls for sanctions on Iran.Xinhua reported that Russia called on Iran to carefully study the statement released by the UN Security Council on its nuclear issue and cooperate.The Washington...
  • Iranian Alert - March 30, 2006 - Iranian military to start maneuvers in the Persian Gulf.

    03/30/2006 6:42:55 PM PST · by DoctorZIn · 25 replies · 5,032+ views
    Regime Change Iran ^ | 3.30.2006 | DoctorZin
    Top News Story UN Security Council gives Iran 30 days to stop. The Times Online reported that the UN Security Council has given Tehran a month to halt its uranium enrichment program. † Rice: We have tools to use against Iran. The Washington Post reported that Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice told the US Senate that Iran was a menace for reasons other than its alleged drive to build a nuclear bomb and that the U.S. and its allies have "a number of tools" if Tehran does not change its ways. She said: "I think there's no doubt that...
  • Iranian Alert - March 29, 2006 - Iran's Supreme Leader Israel & US must be "completely destroyed."

    03/29/2006 5:43:04 PM PST · by DoctorZIn · 24 replies · 2,254+ views
    Regime Change Iran ^ | 3.29.2006 | DoctorZin
    Top News Story A weaker UN Security Council draft statement on Iran being considered. The New York Times reported that European and American diplomats circulated a new and weaker draft statement to the Security Council but requires the director of the nuclear agency to report back on Iran's compliance with the Security Council statement in 30 days.   The Western confusion that led to the weakened draft. U.S. Department of State reported that Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice traveled to Germany, France and the United Kingdom to consult with trans-Atlantic partners on the Iranian nuclear program.Reuters reported that Germany...
  • Iranian Alert - March 28, 2006 - Iranian military on alert

    03/28/2006 5:33:26 PM PST · by DoctorZIn · 4 replies · 1,026+ views
    Regime Change Iran ^ | 3.28.2006 | DoctorZin
    Top News Story Iranian military on alert. Rooz Online reported that military, intelligence; security and police forces in Iran have been put on alert during the Persian New Year holidays and that all leaves have been suspended.   Iranian regime: Military strikes on Iran won't stop them. Reuters reported that a senior Iranian official said military strikes against Iran's nuclear sites would not destroy the Islamic republic's uranium enrichment activities, which could be easily moved and restarted.   Iranian regime's "reformists" unite against Ahmadinejad. Rooz Online has learned that a number of reformist groups in Iran have sent a...
  • Iranian Alert - March 27, 2006 - Ahmadinejad accuses Khatami of treason

    03/27/2006 8:59:28 PM PST · by DoctorZIn · 8 replies · 1,225+ views
    Regime Change Iran ^ | 3.27.2006 | DoctorZin
    Top News Story Ahmadinejad accuses Khatami of treason. Rooz Online reported that Iranian President Ahmadinejad accused former president Khatami of treason. ‚ÄúDo the frequent travels of these people to Europe with public funds, and their provision of information to them not constitute spying?‚ÄĚ ¬† A must read interview with Ahmadinejad's strategic guru. Rooz Online published an interview with Hassan Abbassi, Ahmadinejad's chief strategic guru, who said: "We are able to endanger both, US security and its economic interests anywhere in the world." ¬† US/Russia talks on Iran stalled. The New York Times reported that the Bush administration and Russia...
  • Iranian Alert - March 26, 2006 - Iran moving faster towards nuclear enrichment

    03/26/2006 2:48:16 PM PST · by DoctorZIn · 5 replies · 875+ views
    Regime Change Iran ^ | 3.26.2006 | DoctorZin
    Top News Story Iran moving faster towards nuclear enrichment. The Los Angeles Times reported that Iran is moving faster than expected and is just days from making the first steps toward enriching uranium.Yahoo News reported that U.N. inspectors should know by next week how far Iran has advanced on the path to nuclear enrichment.Khaleej Times reported that Ahmadinejad said Iran to go nuclear this year.   US/Iran on Iraq. Strategy Page claimed that the U.S. told Iran that the Iraqi Shia militias being supported by Iran are going be taken apart soon, and Iran is well advised to back...
  • Iranian Alert - March 25, 2006 - Iran President: Iran to go nuclear this year

    03/25/2006 11:18:12 AM PST · by freedom44 · 4 replies · 1,011+ views
    Regime Change Iran ^ | 3/25/06 | freedom44
    Top News Story Khaleej Times Online TEHERAN - Iran would fully go nuclear with the current Persian year, which started simultaneously with spring on March 20, Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad said on Saturday. Our enemies try to prevent our scientific progress through wide- spread propaganda but inshallah (God willing) this (new) year will be the year when the Islamic Republic of Iran will fully avail itself of peaceful nuclear technology, Ahmadinejad was quoted as saying by the news agency ISNA. In a meeting with visiting Syrian Vice President Farouq al-Shara, Ahmadinejad said Irans use of peaceful nuclear energy will...
  • Iranian Alert - March 24, 2006 - IAEA: Iran's nuclear program more advanced than previously thought

    03/24/2006 7:04:45 PM PST · by DoctorZIn · 4 replies · 971+ views
    Regime Change Iran ^ | 3.24.2006 | DoctorZin
    Top News Story IAEA: Iran's nuclear program more advanced than previously thought. Vital Perspective reported that the IAEA now has evidence that Iran's nuclear program is more advanced than previously thought.The Guardian reported that inspectors of the IAEA revealed that the Iranians are in the process of achieving a "technological leap" by making operational a cascade of 164 centrifuges to enrich uranium for power plants or warheads.   China and Russia united on Iran. Reuters reported that China said that Beijing and Moscow are in accord on Iran's nuclear standoff with the West.   Why the Russians are helping...
  • Iranian Alert - March 23, 2006 - Congress reduces pro-democracy funds for Iran

    03/23/2006 6:01:34 PM PST · by DoctorZIn · 8 replies · 991+ views
    Regime Change Iran ^ | 3.23.2006 | DoctorZin
    Top News Story Congress reduces pro-democracy funds for Iran. House Appropriations Committee in a press release announced that the committee did not fund the $75 million requested by the Administration for the promotion of democracy in Iran because it was poorly justified. Instead, $56 million was provided through proven, existing programs that will have an immediate, positive impact on the fostering of democratic ideals in Iran.   Ahmadinejad strengthens ties to Al Qaeda. Adnkronos International reported that an Iranian source close to the reformists confirmed that "With the victory of Mahmoud Ahmadinejad relations with al-Qaeda have been resumed and...
  • Iranian Alert - March 22, 2006 - US/Iran Talks on Iraq: a mistake!

    03/22/2006 7:04:28 PM PST · by DoctorZIn · 11 replies · 953+ views
    Regime Change Iran ^ | 3.22.2006 | DoctorZin
    Top News Story UN Security Council meeting on Iran postponed. ABC News reported that the U.N. Security Council postponed a meeting Tuesday on Iran's suspect nuclear program. The lack of any significant movement after 10 days could lead the Western nations to abandon the presidential statement, in favor of a resolution. This would force Russia and China to approve, abstain or veto action against Iran.The Wall Street Journal reported that with Russia opposed to any punishment for Iran, Britain has privately suggested that Tehran be offered a new package of incentives. The letter warned, "We are not going to...
  • Iranian Alert - March 21, 2006 - Daylight savings banned: because hardliners dont know when to pray

    03/21/2006 6:19:09 PM PST · by DoctorZIn · 12 replies · 1,301+ views
    Regime Change Iran ^ | 3.21.2006 | DoctorZin
    Top News Story Daylight savings confuses Iran's hardliners. Adnkronos International reported that daylight saving has been abolished by president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad on the grounds that when the legal hour changes many faithful have difficulty in knowing when to pray. The Iranian New Year: messages and reports. DoctorZin's Norooz greeting. Photo.Reza Pahlavi's Message On the Occasion of Persian New Year 2006 (Nowrooz 1385).Brooding Persian published a sober Norooz greeting. Photo.Iran va Jahan examined Norooz and its symbolism.SMCCDI reported the start of the Iranian New Year.   Senior Foreign Ministers meet on Iran. Reuters reported that senior foreign affairs officials from...
  • Iranian Alert - March 20, 2006 - BBC signs deal with Iran Plus Happy Norooz - The Iranian New Year!

    03/20/2006 4:31:54 PM PST · by DoctorZIn · 7 replies · 1,581+ views
    Regime Change Iran ^ | 3.20.2006 | DoctorZin
    Top News Story UN Security Council Meet on Iran. The Washington Post reported that Monday top U.N. members will try to break the stalemate on Iran.   BBC signs deal with Iran. reported that the Iranian regime has signed a huge ad campaign with the BBC.   US students rally in support of Iranian students. The Boston Globe reported that approximately 100 students gathered in Harvard University's Leverett House last night for a concert and rally to denounce repression of students in Iran. More events are scheduled at other campuses.Rooz Online reported that a new wave of attacks...
  • Iranian Alert - March 19, 2006 - Iran reformers call for nuke freeze, negotiations

    03/19/2006 1:42:41 PM PST · by freedom44 · 7 replies · 907+ views
    Regime Change Iran ^ | 3/19/06 | freedom44
    Top News Story Middle East Newsline Tehran - Iran's largest reformist party called on Sunday for dialogue with the United States and a freeze on sensitive nuclear work to head off an escalating crisis with the international community. The party is the Participation Front, headed by Mohammad Reza Khatami, the brother of Iran's former reformist president Mohammad Khatami They said: "In order to break the international consensus, we are proposing a return to previous policies and the voluntary suspension of all nuclear fuel-cycle work to resolve this crisis and re-establish confidence." The United Nations security council is considering what...
  • Iranian Alert - March 18, 2006 - Sunnis condemn Shia call for US-Iran dialogue on Iraq

    03/18/2006 7:50:31 PM PST · by freedom44 · 8 replies · 903+ views
    Regime Change Iran ^ | 3/18/06 | freedom44
    Top News Story Middle East Newsline BAGHDAD -- One of Iraq's most prominent Sunni Arab organizations was fuming on Saturday over a key Shia leader's recent appeal for Iran to open a dialogue with the United States on the situation in Iraq. "We are indignant over the request made to Iran by [Iraqi] political parties to open a dialogue with the Americans on their differences regarding Iraq," said the statement by the hardline Muslim Scholars Association. "The interference of Iran in Iraqi affairs is nothing new," said the statement, explaining that the call "does nothing more than legitimate this...
  • Freed Iranian Journalist Remains Defiant

    03/18/2006 10:39:05 AM PST · by BlackVeil · 3 replies · 232+ views
    AP via Yahoo News Page ^ | March 18 2006 | By ALI AKBAR DAREINI
    TEHRAN, Iran - An Iranian dissident journalist freed after spending most of his six-year prison term in solitary confinement vowed Saturday to keep criticizing the hard-line clerical regime. Akbar Ganji, 46, appeared gaunt and considerably older, with a long beard, as he received friends and family at his Tehran home a day after being released. "My views have not changed at all. Jail and pressures never forced me to change my views. Today, I'm more determined to say what I said six years ago," said Ganji, who was on a hunger strike for about three months last year. "My imprisonment...
  • Iran frees prominent journalist from jail

    03/18/2006 5:15:31 AM PST · by knighthawk · 4 replies · 277+ views
    al Bawaba ^ | March 18 2006
    Imprisoned Iranian journalist Akbar Ganji is on compassionate leave, said deputy prosecutor for prisons' affairs on Saturday. Mahmoud Salarkia told IRNA the inmate's leave started Friday night. He said Ganji was granted the leave to be with his family on the eve of Iranian New Year (starting March 21). Ganji, who worked for the daily newspaper Sobh-e-Emrooz, was arrested on 22 April 2000 after appearing before the press court accused of writing that leading figures, including former President Hashemi Rafsanjani and former intelligence minister Ali Fallahian, had been involved in the murder of opponents and intellectuals in late 1998. He...
  • Iran Releases Dissident Reporter From Jail (Ganji)

    03/18/2006 5:06:35 AM PST · by nuconvert · 16 replies · 337+ views
    Yahoo/AP ^ | Mar.18, 2006 | ALI AKBAR DAREINI
    Iran Releases Dissident Reporter From Jail By ALI AKBAR DAREINI, Associated Press Writers Iran's most senior dissident journalist was freed after completing a six-year prison sentence, his lawyer said Saturday. Akbar Ganji was jailed in 2000 after reporting on murders of five dissidents by Intelligence Ministry agents and became a hero to the country's reformists for standing up to hard-line clerics. Many world leaders, including President Bush and U.N. Secretary-General Kofi Annan, called for Ganji's release because of his deteriorating health, but Iran's hard-line authorities rejected the demands. Ganji spent most of his jail term in solitary confinement and was...
  • Iranian Alert - March 17, 2006 - UN Security Council meets on Iran. Bolton "very encouraged."

    03/17/2006 6:35:00 PM PST · by DoctorZIn · 3 replies · 868+ views
    Regime Change Iran ^ | 3.17.2006 | DoctorZin
    Top News Story UN Security Council meets on Iran. Bolton "very encouraged." Reuters reported that John Bolton told reporters, "I would describe today's meeting as the best we have had so far. There are still areas of disagreement ... but I am very encouraged."Reuters reported UK Foreign Secretary Jack Straw said negotiating with Iran over its nuclear program is the toughest test in diplomacy.CBS News reported U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice urged Iran to resume negotiations over its nuclear program, while also calling the country a central banker for terrorism.The White House released their National Security Strategy of...
  • Iranian Alert - March 16, 2006 - Iran finally before the UN Security Council

    03/16/2006 5:34:39 PM PST · by DoctorZIn · 6 replies · 887+ views
    Regime Change Iran ^ | 3.16.2006 | DoctorZin
    Top News Story DoctorZin reports, 3.15.2006: The day before the UN Security Council meeting on Iran. Reuters reported that the five veto-wielding members of the U.N. Security Council failed again on Wednesday to reach agreement on a draft text aimed at reining in Iran's nuclear ambitions after a fifth round of negotiations.Dow Jones Newswires reported that the U.K. is considering a push for a weapons embargo on Iran.MSNBC reported that U.S. ambassador to the United Nations, John Bolton, compared the threat from Iran’s nuclear programs to the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks.Reuters reported that the White House said an international...
  • Iranian Alert - March 15, 2006 - The MSM ignores: Massive Iranian defiance of the Islamic Regime

    03/15/2006 8:48:41 PM PST · by DoctorZIn · 29 replies · 1,363+ views
    Regime Change Iran ^ | 3.15.2006 | DoctorZin
    Top News Story Again the MSM ignores: Massive Iranian defiance of the Islamic Regime. Iran Press News reported that the Iranian regime failed to stop ancient Persian festival & New Year celebrations tonight which the regime considers to be religiously prohibited or unclean.Photos of the festival of fire celebrations in Tehran.SMCCDI reported that Islamic regime's security forces attacked Iranian celebrators/demonstrators in several cities by beating brutally women and especially young kids using clubs, chains and even knives have been used by foreign speaking militiamen.SMCCDI reported that an increasing number of Iranians went into most Iranian into the streets in...
  • Iranian Alert - March 14, 2006 - Russia: "Iran is absolutely no help" in finding a solution

    03/14/2006 7:10:12 PM PST · by DoctorZIn · 12 replies · 1,157+ views
    Regime Change Iran ^ | 3.14.2006 | DoctorZin
    Top News Story UN Security Council deadlocked on Iran? Yahoo News reported that the five veto-wielding members of the U.N. Security Council are deadlocked over the best way to pressure Iran. China's Ambassador Wang Guangya told The Associated Press as he left the meeting. "I think they want to be too tough."   Iran speeds towards a confrontation with the UN. The New York Times reported that Iran has decided to shift course and confront the United Nations head-on. Ahmadinejad portrayed that position not as obstinate or rigid but as a reflection of strength. "We know well that a...
  • Iranian Alert - March 13, 2006 - Tehran's secret underground bunkers

    03/13/2006 11:06:35 PM PST · by DoctorZIn · 7 replies · 1,122+ views
    Regime Change Iran ^ | 3.13.2006 | DoctorZin
    Top News Story Tehran's secret underground bunkers. The Telegraph reported that Iran's leaders have built a secret underground emergency command centre in Teheran as they prepare for a confrontation with the West.   Iranians claim US wants peace talks. US denies. The Times reported that a senior Iranian intelligence official claimed to have a letter in Persian purportedly signed by Zalmay Khalilzad, the US ambassador in Baghdad, inviting Iranian representatives to Iraq for talks. Khalilzad denied the report.   Iran threatens to use the oil weapon, again. reported that Iran threatened to use oil as a weapon if...
  • Iranian Alert - March 12, 2006 - Iran rejects Russias proposal

    03/12/2006 8:58:10 AM PST · by freedom44 · 9 replies · 929+ views
    Regime Change Iran ^ | 3/12/06 | freedom44
    Top News Story CNN TEHRAN, Iran (CNN) -- Iran will not consider a proposal by Moscow to enrich uranium on Russian soil and ship it to Tehran if it means the country must cease all enrichment activity on its own soil, a spokesman for the Iranian Foreign Ministry said Sunday Iran has rejected a similar proposal in the past, and the latest rejection showed mounting international pressure has not changed the government's stance. Foreign Ministry spokesman Hamid-Reza Asefi told journalist Shirzad Bozorgmehr that his country would like to resolve its dispute with the international community "through dialogue" but insisted...
  • Iranian Alert - March 11, 2006 - Iran threatens to use oil as a weapon

    03/11/2006 10:21:47 AM PST · by freedom44 · 17 replies · 1,242+ views
    Regime Change Iran ^ | 3/11/06 | freedom44
    Top News Story Associated Press TEHRAN, Iran -- Iran threatened Saturday to use oil as a weapon if the UN Security Council imposes sanctions over its nuclear program. The country's interior minister raised the possibility of using Iran's own oil and gas supplies and its position on a vital Persian Gulf oil route as weapons in the international standoff. "If (they) politicize our nuclear case, we will use any means. We are rich in energy resources. We have control over the biggest and the most sensitive energy route of the world," Interior Minister Mostafa Pourmohammadi was quoted as saying...
  • Iranian Alert - March 10, 2006 - Poll: Iranian Support for nuclear technology weakening

    03/10/2006 11:44:52 PM PST · by DoctorZIn · 3 replies · 842+ views
    Regime Change Iran ^ | 3.10.2006 | DoctorZin
    Top News Story Poll: Iranian Support for nuclear technology weakening. Countdown reported on a confidential poll in Iran that claimed, 69% of the Iranians do not recognize the nuclear issue a matter of national aspiration and 86% do not believe that nuclear technology is worth a military conflict. † US Iran Policy U.S. Department of State published the congressional testimony of R. Nicholas Burns, Under Secretary for Political Affairs, where he outlined the long overdue US policy toward Iran.Reuters reported that Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice said Iran is probably the No. 1 challenge to the United States.U.S. Department...
  • Iranian Alert - March 9, 2006 - Iran now faces the UN Security Council, Plus Tehran Protest Update

    03/09/2006 3:00:39 PM PST · by DoctorZIn · 6 replies · 901+ views
    Regime Change Iran ^ | 3.7.2006 | DoctorZin
    Top News Story Iran now faces the UN Security Council. BBC News reported that Iran's nuclear program is being forwarded to the UN Security Council for consideration of possible punitive action.Reuters reported that the U.N. S.C. is expected to meet on Iran next week.Foreign & Commonwealth Office published a Statement on Iran on Behalf of France, Germany and The UK to the IAEA.   Iran threatens the US in response. Reuters reported that Iran's UN representatives said if the U.N. Security Council took up the issue of Tehran's nuclear research: "The United States may have the power to cause...
  • Iranian Alert - March 8, 2006 - Little news leaking out of closed IAEA talks on Iran

    03/07/2006 6:29:18 PM PST · by DoctorZIn · 4 replies · 910+ views
    Regime Change Iran ^ | 3.8.2006 | DoctorZin
    Top News Story Little leaking out of closed IAEA talks on Iran. The Jerusalem Post reported that a senior State Department official said unless Iran executes a dramatic about-face and suspends all its nuclear activities, the UN Security Council will intervene "quite actively."Reuters reported that Iran said it could delay industrial-scale enrichment for up to two years, but the EU countered with a demand for a 10-year moratorium on all enrichment activity.BBC News reported that the United States has said it will not accept any deal which allows Iran to enrich uranium. † More Covert Iranian Operations. Reuters is...
  • Iranian Alert - March 7, 2006 - What kind of "democracy" do Iranís new leaders want?

    03/06/2006 5:28:44 PM PST · by DoctorZIn · 7 replies · 870+ views
    Regime Change Iran ^ | 3.7.2006 | DoctorZin
    Top News Story What kind of "democracy" do Iran‚Äôs new leaders want? Iran Press News reported that Ahmadinejad's spiritual mentor, Ayatollah Mesbah Yazdi said: "the only way to protect and promote the ascendancy of the Islamic rule is to set their entire world on fire" and "Islamic rule is not in the majority vote of the people; in general people are too stupid." Plus much more.Itar-Tass reported that Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad said: ‚ÄúThe world will be in the hands of Islam over the next few years.‚ÄĚ ¬† Sharansky: what does it mean to bring democracy to the Middle...
  • Iranian Alert - March 6, 2006 - Israel operating inside Iran

    03/05/2006 2:07:13 PM PST · by freedom44 · 10 replies · 1,223+ views
    Regime Change Iran ^ | 3/5/06 | freedom44
    Top News Story Media Line Israel is said to have operatives in Iran who are trying to locate the countryís secret uranium enrichment sites, according to the UK-based Sunday Times. An Israeli intelligence source told the paper that several suspected sites were located last year but that ďthere must be more.Ē According to the report, Israeli sources say the agents are operating from a base in northern Iraq and are guarded by Israeli soldiers with the approval of the Americans. Iran insists its nuclear program is for peaceful purposes. However, the international community has been scrutinizing Iran since 2002...