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  • Iranian Alert - September 10, 2005 - US turns Iran screw, wants India to join

    09/11/2005 11:59:23 AM PDT · by DoctorZIn · 5 replies · 1,043+ views
    Regime Change Iran ^ | 9.10.2005 | DoctorZin
    Top News Story US turns Iran screw, wants India to join WASHINGTON, VIENNA, SEPTEMBER 9: Asserting that seeking UN sanctions against Iran was a “reasonable option,” US Secretary of State Condoleeza Rice today asked India, China and Russia to send a unified message to Tehran that it has to adhere to its international obligations on the nuclear issue. ‘‘Now we need leadership on this. The EU-3 (UK, France and Germany) led on this issue. The United States supported the EU-3 on this issue. But Iran needs to get a message from the international community that it is a unified...
  • Iranian Alert - September 9, 2005 - Iran readies for UN nuclear battle with EU, US

    09/10/2005 9:33:35 AM PDT · by DoctorZIn · 9 replies · 1,028+ views
    Regime Change Iran ^ | 9.9.2005 | DoctorZin
    Top News Story Iran readies for UN nuclear battle with EU, US By Louis Charbonneau BERLIN (Reuters) - Iran is working hard to gather allies to defeat a joint effort by the European Union and Washington to refer Tehran to the U.N. Security Council because of their fears it may be developing nuclear weapons. The 35 nations on the governing board of the U.N. nuclear watchdog, the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), meet on September 19 to discuss Iran's nuclear program and the EU wants it to report Tehran to the highest body of the United Nations. EU and...
  • Iranian Alert - September 8, 2005 - Regime reveals anxiety in the face of U.N. Security Council

    09/09/2005 8:07:58 AM PDT · by DoctorZIn · 8 replies · 1,107+ views
    Regime Change Iran ^ | 9.8.2005 | DoctorZin
    Top News Story Regime reveals anxiety in the face of U.N. Security Council referral One of the regime's newspapers, belonging to Mullah Khamnei, attacked Mohammad El Baradei, Director General of the International Atomic Energy Agency, accusing him of purposefully targeting the Islamic regime. The newspapers protested that El Baradei's report could be the basis for the decision to refer the regime's dossier to the United Nations' Security Council. Ali Zaadsar, one of the members of the Islamic Parliament expressing anxiety regarding this matter, said: "El Baradei's report to the General Assembly will set the stage for our condemnation. Our...
  • Iranian Alert - September 7, 2005 - 74% of Europeans want to promote democracy in other countries

    09/07/2005 11:47:21 PM PDT · by DoctorZIn · 7 replies · 1,103+ views
    Regime Change Iran ^ | 9.7.2005 | DoctorZin
    Top News Story Transatlantic Divide Deep, Not So Wide, Poll Finds An Excerpt: Sebastian Rotella, Los Angeles Times: Europeans and Americans have often starkly different views of each other and the world, but agree on some major issues such as promoting democracy and avoiding war with Iran, according to a survey being released today. ... About 74% of European respondents, compared with 51% of Americans, want their governments to help establish democracy in other countries. The breakdown in responses among Americans was 76% among Republican voters and 43% of Democrats, probably because the latter associate the "democracy promotion" phrase...
  • Iranian Alert - September 6, 2005 - Europe's Pessimism Over Iran's Nukes

    09/06/2005 10:41:30 PM PDT · by DoctorZIn · 4 replies · 941+ views
    Regime Change Iran ^ | 9.6.2005 | DoctorZin
    Top News Story Pessimism over Iran's nukes From: Agence France-Presse From correspondents in Brussels September 07, 2005 THE European Union has lost hope that Iran will again suspend its uranium conversion activities or resume talks on its controversial nuclear program, a senior EU diplomat said overnight. The diplomat, speaking on condition of anonymity, said that Iran's decision to reject EU incentives, aimed at ensuring it does not develop nuclear weapons, and resume conversion work meant that the EU's role had virtually ended. "If the Iranians changed their minds and decided to restart the suspension or discuss restarting the suspension,...
  • Iranian Alert - September 5, 2005 - The regime promised to release Ganji - They lied

    09/05/2005 7:30:51 PM PDT · by DoctorZIn · 7 replies · 921+ views
    Regime Change Iran ^ | 9.5.2005 | DoctorZin
    Top News Story Infamous and Shameless Charlatans Akbar Ganji's wife, Massoumeh Shafii, in a radio interview called the authorities of the Islamic Republic of Iran “Infamous and Shameless Charlatans”; she said hopelessly: “the judiciary officials acted in contradiction to the agreement we arrived at together.” Shafii explained: “The regime actively manipulated my family into convincing Akbar to discontinue his hunger strike; they had also struck a deal with us, demanding that I refrain from any further interviews or public statements and they had promised that Mortazavi (pint-size Tehran prosecutor-general known for killing Zahra Kazemi among others) would also stop...
  • Iranian Alert - September 4, 2005 - Iran dissident journalist Ganji back in jail

    09/05/2005 10:57:50 AM PDT · by DoctorZIn · 4 replies · 867+ views
    Regime Change Iran ^ | 9.4.2005 | DoctorZin
    Top News Story Iran dissident journalist Ganji back in jailSun Sep 4, 2005 9:51 AM ET TEHRAN (Reuters) - Dissident Iranian journalist Akbar Ganji has recovered sufficiently from his two-month-long hunger strike to return to prison, Iran's Justice Minister Jamal Karimirad said on Sunday. Ganji, jailed in 2000 after writing a series of articles linking senior officials to the murder of political dissidents, was hospitalized in July when his health deteriorated due to a hunger strike aimed at pressuring authorities to release him. The outspoken reporter, whose plight brought comments of outrage and concern from the United States and...
  • Iranian Alert - September 3, 2005 - Khamenei calls for broader jihad says U.S. losing strength

    09/04/2005 2:12:11 PM PDT · by freedom44 · 25 replies · 1,682+ views
    Regime Change Iran ^ | 9/3/05 | freedom44
    Top News Story Iran Focus Tehran, Iran, Sep. 04 – Iran’s Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei said the jihad against Israel must continue and be strengthened, Iran’s semi-official daily Jomhouri Islami reported on Sunday. “The only way to fight the Zionist enemy is to continue and increase resistance and jihad”, Ayatollah Khamenei said at a meeting on Saturday with secretary general of the Palestinian group Islamic Jihad, Ramadan Abdullah, the hard-line daily Jomhouri Islami wrote. Iran’s official policy is to call for the annihilation of the Jewish state. The country’s clerical rulers have been strongly opposed to Palestinian President...
  • Iranian Alert - September 2, 2005 - U.S., Europe Must Forge Broader Alliance, Says State's Fried

    09/03/2005 10:24:00 PM PDT · by DoctorZIn · 5 replies · 953+ views
    Regime Change Iran ^ | 9.2.2005 | DoctorZin
    Top News Story U.S., Europe Must Forge Broader Alliance, Says State's Fried The Washington File, Embassy of the U.S., London: America and Europe must work together to support democratic development throughout the broader Middle East, just as they supported the democratic aspirations of pro-democracy movements in central and Eastern Europe, says the State Department’s Daniel Fried. Speaking in Paris September 1, the day after attending a commemoration of the 25th anniversary of the founding of Solidarity in Gdansk, Poland, Fried said the Polish people “achieved democracy through their own efforts, but they had support from abroad,” including from Western...
  • Iranian Alert - September 1, 2005 - Iranian President Gets Terror Law Exception

    09/01/2005 10:51:58 PM PDT · by DoctorZIn · 10 replies · 1,429+ views
    Regime Change Iran ^ | 9.1.2005 | DoctorZin
    Top News Story Iranian President Gets Terror Law Exception An Excerpt: World News Tonight, ABC News:State Department says Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad is a terrorist, but will grant him a visa anyway, ABC News has learned. The State Department has issued a legal finding that Ahmadinejad is ineligible for a U.S. visa because of section 212(a)3(b) of the Immigration and Naturalization Act, which says anyone with terrorist ties cannot be granted a visa. But U.S. officials have decided to waive section 212, so that Ahmadinejad can get a limited visa to attend the United Nations General Assembly, which begins...
  • Iranian Alert - August 31, 2005 - See no evil?

    08/31/2005 8:14:34 PM PDT · by DoctorZIn · 7 replies · 1,361+ views
    Regime Change Iran ^ | 8.31.2005 | DoctorZin
    Top News Story See no evil? (Washington, D.C.): The leaking earlier this month of a National Intelligence Estimate (NIE) projection that Iran is a decade away from obtaining nuclear weapons - doubling previous official estimates - is, in some ways, more ominous than would have been a finding that the mullahs are about to get "the Bomb." After all, the latter would be no surprise, given the considerable evidence (albeit, much of it circumstantial) that has accumulated about Tehran's intentions and activities in this area. By contrast, the pollyanish assessment not only seems wildly out of touch with such...
  • Iranian Alert - August 30, 2005 - A Clash of Civilizations: Iran's plan for the Middle East.

    08/30/2005 9:49:25 AM PDT · by DoctorZIn · 14 replies · 1,258+ views
    Regime Change Iran ^ | 8.30.2005 | DoctorZin
    Top News Story A Clash of Civilizations An Excerpt: Amir Taheri, Newsweek International:Eight years ago a pirated translation of Samuel Huntington's celebrated essay "The Clash of Civilizations and the Remaking of the World Order" appeared in Tehran. The publisher received an order for 1,000 copies, half the print run. "We wondered who wanted them," recalls Mustafa Tunkaboni, who marketed the book. The answer came when a military truck belonging to the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps arrived to pick up the books. Among the officers who received a copy was Yahya Safavi, now a general and commander in chief of...
  • Iranian Alert - August 29, 2005 - Iranian Judges to carry weapons after series of attacks

    08/28/2005 4:26:51 PM PDT · by freedom44 · 6 replies · 902+ views
    Regime Change Iran ^ | 8/29/05 | freedom44
    Top News Story BBC Iranian judges have been given approval to carry guns and to use them if they feel threatened after a judge was shot in an attack in Tehran, officials say. Mohammed Reza Aghazadeh was shot outside his home in the capital, sustaining injuries to his eye. The incident comes less than a month after another judge was killed by a gunman on a motorcycle in Tehran. Hassan Moghaddas was a prominent judge who was involved in a number of high-profile political cases involving human rights or freedom of speech and who had jailed a number of...
  • Iranian Alert - August 28, 2005 - Drone crashes in Iran

    08/28/2005 3:23:54 PM PDT · by DoctorZIn · 9 replies · 1,180+ views
    Regime Change Iran ^ | 8.28.2005 | DoctorZin
    Top News Story Drone crashes in IranAn unmanned single-engined plane has crashed in a mountainous area of western Iran and the wreckage has been recovered by the Iranian armed forces. It was not clear if the plane was Iranian or foreign, although the influential Kayhan newspaper pointed out that "usually these sort of planes are used for spying on other countries". The reports quoted Ali Asgar Ahmadi, deputy head of security in the interior ministry, as saying the plane went down on Thursday in the Alashtar mountains near the city of Khorramabad, the capital of Lorestan province, 350 kilometres...
  • Iranian Alert - August 27, 2005 - 'Iran had designed N-capable cruise missiles'

    08/27/2005 9:35:17 PM PDT · by DoctorZIn · 12 replies · 1,209+ views
    Regime Change Iran ^ | 8.27.2005 | DoctorZin
    Top News Story 'Iran had designed N-capable cruise missiles' LONDON, August 27 (IranMania) - A prominent Iranian dissident on Friday claimed Tehran had mastered the design of nuclear capable cruise missiles secretly sold to the Islamic Republic by Ukraine and was on the verge of producing copies.Alireza Jafarzadeh said the 12 weapons were now in the hands of the Islamic Revolutionary Guards, and also fired off new claims about the corps' past links with disgraced Pakistani nuclear scientist AQ Khan, according to AFP.His charges, made at a press conference in Washington, coincided with a spike in tensions in the...
  • Iranian Alert - August 26, 2005 - Heads Up!! The worst is about to happen

    08/27/2005 12:43:32 PM PDT · by DoctorZIn · 27 replies · 2,605+ views
    Regime Change Iran ^ | 8.26.2005 | DoctorZin
    Heads Up!! The worst is about to happen Alan Peters: The name “Alan Peters” is a nom de plume for a writer who was for many years involved in intelligence and security matters in Iran. He had significant access inside Iran at high levels during the rule of the Shah, until early 1979. The news item below hidden among so many other stories, fails to call enough attention to perhaps the very worst that could happen seemingly to be about to happen. Oil might soon no longer be linked to the US Dollar and move to the Euro. As...
  • Iranian Alert - August 25, 2005 - EU powers still want Iran nuclear talks - France

    08/26/2005 9:57:15 AM PDT · by DoctorZIn · 12 replies · 1,113+ views
    Regime Change Iran ^ | 8.25.2005 | DoctorZin
    Top News Story EU powers still want Iran nuclear talks - France By Paul CarrelPARIS (Reuters) - European powers are still keen to talk to Iran about its sensitive nuclear programme despite calling off an Aug 31. negotiating meeting, French Foreign Minister Philippe Douste-Blazy said on Wednesday.Britain, France and Germany have called off next week's negotiations on proposals they made to Iran earlier this month because Tehran has resumed some nuclear work in breach of a promise to freeze it while talks lasted, France said on Tuesday.Douste-Blazy said the trio, acting on behalf of the European Union, were not...
  • Iran judiciary set to close Kazemi case: family lawyer

    08/25/2005 9:37:28 PM PDT · by nuconvert · 3 replies · 207+ views
    Yahoo/AFP ^ | Aug 25, 2005
    Iran judiciary set to close Kazemi case: family lawyer Thu Aug 25, 2005 Iran's hardline judiciary will soon close the case of murdered Iranian-Canadian photographer Zahra Kazemi and has blocked family lawyers from pressing for a fresh probe, one of the lawyers said. Last July a Tehran court acquitted an intelligence agent accused of giving the journalist a mortal blow to the head while she was in custody two years ago, and family lawyers have set their sights on bringing to justice a judiciary official they say is the real killer. "We predict that the defendant will be cleared," Mohammad...
  • Iranian Alert - August 24, 2005 - Europeans call off atomic talks with Iran

    08/25/2005 12:35:43 AM PDT · by DoctorZIn · 12 replies · 1,210+ views
    Regime Change Iran ^ | 8.24.2005 | DoctorZin
    Top News Story Europeans call off crucial atomic talks with Iran Tue Aug 23, 2005 9:07 PM BST By Paul CarrelPARIS (Reuters) - European powers have called off August 31 talks with Iran over its nuclear programme, France said on Tuesday, marking a breakdown in two years of negotiations with Tehran to halt its sensitive atomic work.French Foreign Ministry spokesman Jean-Baptiste Mattei said talks on a formal European proposal made earlier this month would not go ahead because Iran had resumed certain nuclear work in breach of a promise to freeze it while talks lasted.Iran shrugged off the cancellation,...
  • Iranian Alert - August 23, 2005 - IRAN: JOURNALIST GANJI SUSPENDS HUNGER STRIKE - We Hope its true

    08/23/2005 11:08:50 AM PDT · by DoctorZIn · 14 replies · 1,227+ views
    Regime Change Iran ^ | 8.23.2005 | DoctorZin
    Top News Story IRAN: JOURNALIST SUSPENDS HUNGER STRIKETehran, 22 August (AKI) - The Iranian journalist and writer, Akbar Ganji, has suspended the hunger strike he began in prison on June 11, his wife, Massoumeh Shafii, told Adnkronos International (AKI). She confirmed the news after seeing him at the Milad hospital in the Iranian capital Tehran, where he was transferred from prison after his health worsened. Shafii did not say what led her husband to break off his hunger strike. There is speculation in Tehran that Ganji's decision could be the result of a letter from UN secretary-general Kofi Annan...
  • Iranian Alert - August 22, 2005 - Iranian secularist forces prepare Ahmadi-Nejad's 'welcoming' to US

    08/22/2005 7:11:26 PM PDT · by DoctorZIn · 7 replies · 1,416+ views
    Regime Change Iran ^ | 8.22.2005 | DoctorZin
    Top News Story Iranian secularist forces prepare Ahmadi-Nejad's 'welcoming' to USSMCCDI (Information Service) Aug 22, 2005 Iranian secularist opposition groups are preparing a kind of 'welcoming' ceremony for the Islamic republic's appointed president on US soil. Ahamdi-Nejad is to speak on September 14th at the UN General Assembly in New York.Groups are preparing to stage a peaceful protest rally, at the UN, on the days of September 14th and 15th. They intend to denounce, in a common voice, the presence of the Islamist president as the 'symbol of Iranian Nation' and the persistent human rights' abuses by his illegitimate...
  • Iranian Alert - August 21, 2005 - Iran’s Agenda for the World - A Must Read!

    08/21/2005 10:16:43 PM PDT · by DoctorZIn · 16 replies · 1,410+ views
    Regime Change Iran ^ | 8.21.2005 | DoctorZin
    Top News Story Iran’s Agenda for the WorldAmir Taheri   When he launched the invasion of Iraq in 2003 President George W. Bush promised to help the greater Middle East, the Muslim heartland from the Atlantic to the Indian Ocean, to bury a despotic past and build a democratic future.As if on cue, political elites throughout the region began to use “democracy” as a catchword. In Egypt President Hosni Mubarak declared the building democracy as the central aim of his next administration. The Lebanese launched their “Cedar Revolution” under the banner of democracy. The Saudi municipal elections were described...
  • Iranian Alert - August 20, 2005 - The Free World's Guess about Iran

    08/21/2005 10:03:18 AM PDT · by DoctorZIn · 18 replies · 1,499+ views
    Regime Change Iran ^ | 8.20.2005 | DoctorZin
    Top News Story The Free World's Guess NY Sun, Eli Lake :"Iran is not in a revolutionary or even a pre-revolutionary state." This quote is from an August 1978 CIA assessment of a government five months away from being toppled by the first modern Islamic revolution. The phrase, however, could easily belong to many of the Bush administration's top analysts ... Brave leaders of Iran's democracy movement, men such as Akbar Ganji, Ayatollah Hussein Ali Montazeri, and Ahmad Batebi, should not be discouraged by the free world's recent guesswork. Read More A Daily Briefing of Major News Stories on...
  • Iranian Alert - August 19, 2005 - Iran Made Thousands of Centrifuges, Breaking Pledge

    08/20/2005 8:20:55 PM PDT · by DoctorZIn · 5 replies · 1,013+ views
    Regime Change Iran ^ | 8.19.2005 | DoctorZin
    Top News Story Iran Made Thousands of Centrifuges, Breaking Pledge, Exiles Say Thu. 18 Aug 2005 By Alex Morales, Iran Focus: an MEK website New York - Iran has continued to produce centrifuges, which are used in the uranium enrichment process, in contravention of a November 2004 agreement with the U.K., France and Germany to suspend all such activities, the exiled opposition National Council for Resistance in Iran said. Iran this month removed United Nations seals on equipment used in uranium enrichment at its Isfahan plant, after rejecting an offer from the so-called EU-3 of technology and economic incentives...
  • Iranian Alert - August 18, 2005 - The military strike option against Iran

    08/18/2005 7:36:12 PM PDT · by DoctorZIn · 13 replies · 1,418+ views
    Regime Change Iran ^ | 8.18.2005 | DoctorZin
    Top News Story The military strike option against Iran Experts disagree about possible effect of US or Israeli preemptive strike on Iranian nuclear facilities. By Tom Regan| csmonitor.com Iran once again says it will resume its nuclear program, despite International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA)concerns. Iran claims its interest in nuclear power is entirely for peaceful purposes. Last week US President George Bush said during an interview on Israeli TV that "all options are on the table," including a possible military strike against Iran's nuclear facilities by US or Israeli forces, if Iran doesn't "comply with international standards." When it...
  • Iranian Alert - August 17, 2005 - Iranian President Coming to America - Groups prepare a "welcome"

    08/18/2005 1:22:10 AM PDT · by DoctorZIn · 8 replies · 1,160+ views
    Regime Change Iran ^ | 8.17.2005 | DoctorZin
    Top News Story Iranian President Coming to America Hamid Namvar - 8/18/2005 According to media reports indicate that the United States is considering an entry visa to Iran's new president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad to attend a UN meeting in New York City in mid-September. This would send a very wrong signal at a very crucial juncture to the increasingly belligerent Iran. Administration must firmly deny Ahmadinejad entry to the United States. And by all indications, the American public opinion would certainly welcome such a move. Ahmadinejad, a former senior commander of the feared terror-sponsoring Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps (the "Pasdaran"),...
  • Iranian Alert - August 16, 2005 - Iran's regime crisis and political perspectives in Iran

    08/17/2005 9:47:48 PM PDT · by DoctorZIn · 6 replies · 1,083+ views
    Regime Change Iran ^ | 8.16.2005 | DoctorZin
    Top News Story New-conservatives, regime crisis and political perspectives in Iran by Ardeshir Mehrdad and Mehdi Kia; August 15, 2005 In the recent presidential elections in Iran, Mahmood Ahmadinejad, an unknown conservative military commander, won. His victory was surprising as many had predicted Hashemi Rafsanjani would become Iran’s next president. Rafsanjani, perhaps the second most powerful man in the Islamic Republic, was supported by a broad coalition of reformists and pragmatist elites. The shock of this surprise victory may partly explain the crude nature of some of the analyses that followed. Even more striking is the failure to address...
  • Iranian Alert - August 15, 2005 - Iran President names cabinet! Brief and disturbing bios

    08/16/2005 8:05:54 PM PDT · by DoctorZIn · 16 replies · 1,580+ views
    Regime Change Iran ^ | 8.15.2005 | DoctorZin
    Top News Story Islamic regime strengthensSMCCDI (Information Service) Aug 14, 2005 The Islamic republic regime is preparing itself for its last stand against the Iranian People and the world community. In that line the theocratic regime is hardening its position in the domestic and foreign fields by strengthening its control at all levels and placing its hardcore militiamen at key posts.Already decision has been made to back the regular police and army forces by the repressive Bassij militia and several changes have taken place in police and military commands. The new government is also adopting a much more radical...
  • Iranian Alert - August 14, 2005 - President Bush to Iran: We've used Force before

    08/14/2005 7:13:44 PM PDT · by freedom44 · 42 replies · 6,756+ views
    Regime Change Iran ^ | 8/14/05 | freedom44
    Top News Story Reuters In a stern warning to Iran, President Bush said "all options are on the table" if the Iranians refuse to comply with international demands to halt their nuclear program, pointedly noting he has already used force to protect U.S. security. Bush's statement in an interview on Israeli TV late Friday was unusually harsh. He previously said diplomacy should be used to persuade Iran to suspend its nuclear program and if that failed then the U.N. Security Council should impose sanctions. The U.S. government and others fear Iran's nuclear work is secretly designed to produce nuclear...
  • Iranian Alert - August 13, 2005 - Unrest in Iran's Kurdish Region Has Left 17 Dead

    08/14/2005 6:58:34 PM PDT · by DoctorZIn · 6 replies · 994+ views
    Regime Change Iran ^ | 8.13.2005 | DoctorZin
    Top News Story Unrest in Iran's Kurdish Region Has Left 17 Dead; Hundreds Wounded The NY Times: Unrest has rocked Iran's northwestern region of Kurdistan in recent weeks leading to the deaths of more than a dozen civilians and several members of the country's security forces. READ MORE A Daily Briefing of Major News Stories on Iran: IranMania.com reported that the wife of leading Iranian dissident Akbar Ganji pleaded to be allowed to see him on his hunger strike for a 64th day.Xinhuanet reported that four more inspectors from the IAEA arrived in Iran to monitor Iran's nuclear activities.Rancher,...
  • Iranian Alert - August 12, 2005 - Iran Rejects Agency's Call to Suspend Nuclear Work

    08/14/2005 9:30:36 AM PDT · by DoctorZIn · 7 replies · 925+ views
    Regime Change Iran ^ | 8.12.2005 | DoctorZin
    Top News Story Iran Rejects Agency's Call to Suspend Nuclear Work The Washington Post:The governing board of the U.N. nuclear watchdog unanimously called on Iran on Thursday to halt sensitive atomic work it resumed this week in defiance of the West, a demand that Tehran rejected as unacceptable and illegal. READ MORE A Daily Briefing of Major News Stories on Iran: Reporters Without Borders condemned the current crackdown on Iran's Kurdish journalists.Caroline Glick, The Jerusalem Post delivered sobering evidence that the U.S. is retreating in the war on terror.BBC News reported that the situation with Iran is more a...
  • Iranian Alert - August 11, 2005 - Bush: Iran Leader Likely Will Come to N.Y. - We need to Freep this

    08/12/2005 11:15:38 PM PDT · by DoctorZIn · 16 replies · 1,336+ views
    Regime Change Iran ^ | 8.11.2005 | DoctorZin
    Top News Story Bush: Iran Leader Likely Will Come to N.Y. By DEB RIECHMANN, Associated Press WriterThursday, August 11, 2005President Bush indicated Thursday that the new Iranian president will receive a U.S. visa to attend an annual United Nations gathering next month and welcomed the U.N. nuclear watchdog agency's warning to Tehran about consequences of its nuclear ambitions. Bush, who met at his Texas ranch with members of his foreign policy team, also said that U.S. investigators still have not yet determined what role Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad may have played in the 1979 takeover of the U.S. Embassy...
  • Iranian Alert - August 10, 2005 - Ganji still on hunger strike - despite regime claims

    08/11/2005 10:36:29 AM PDT · by DoctorZIn · 22 replies · 3,073+ views
    Regime Change Iran ^ | 8.10.2005 | DoctorZin
    Top News Story Iran dissident Ganji still on hunger strike TEHRAN (Reuters) - Dissident Iranian journalist Akbar Ganji is still on hunger strike, a hospital official was quoted as saying on Wednesday, contradicting an official from the conservative judiciary who said he was eating again. Judiciary spokesman Jamal Karimirad said on Tuesday Ganji had ended his eight-week hunger strike after calls from his family and friends, who were concerned that he could die. But Sirus Tabesh, head of public relations at Tehran's Milad hospital, said this was incorrect. "Ganji is not consuming any food," he told the Sharq daily...
  • Iranian Alert - August 9, 2005 - Iran must be forced to give up nuclear weapons

    08/10/2005 11:23:52 PM PDT · by DoctorZIn · 3 replies · 886+ views
    Regime Change Iran ^ | 8.9.2005 | DoctorZin
    Top News Story Iran must be forced to give up nuclear weapons(Filed: 10/08/2005) Iran's seemingly ineluctable progress towards acquiring nuclear weapons has publicly resumed with the conversion of raw uranium outside Isfahan. According to Alireza Jafarzadeh, an exiled dissident based in Washington, it may never have been suspended, despite an agreement to that effect reached last November with the European Union troika of Britain, France and Germany. He claimed yesterday that the Iranians had manufactured about 4,000 centrifuges, capable of enriching uranium to weapons-grade levels, at a plant in Natanz, and had hidden this activity from the International Atomic...
  • Iranian Alert - August 8, 2005 - Iran not worried about Security Council referral

    08/08/2005 11:02:32 PM PDT · by DoctorZIn · 10 replies · 1,148+ views
    Regime Change Iran ^ | 8.8.2005 | DoctorZin
    Top News Story Iran not worried about Security Council referral By Parisa HafeziTEHRAN (Reuters) - Iran insisted on Sunday it would resume uranium conversion this week after rejecting EU incentives to end its nuclear fuel work, and said it was not worried about being referred to the U.N. for possible sanctions."Although we think referral of Iran's case to the Security Council would be unlawful and politically motivated, if one day they refer Iran's case...we won't be worried in the least," said Foreign Ministry spokesman Hamid Reza Asefi.Britain, Germany and France, heading nuclear negotiations with Iran for the European Union,...
  • Iranian dissident's home raided

    08/08/2005 11:42:03 AM PDT · by F14 Pilot · 14 replies · 470+ views
    BBC News ^ | Monday, 8 August 2005
    Iranian authorities have raided the house of the country's best-known dissident, Akbar Ganji, supporters and relatives of the jailed writer say. His daughter telephoned a family friend during the raid who described her as being "very terrified". Mr Ganji has been on a hunger strike for 59 days and both his lawyer and his wife have urged him to end the protest. He was jailed in 2001 over articles linking Iranian leaders with a series of political killings in the 1990s. The BBC's Frances Harrison in Tehran says it is not clear why the authorities raided the house when Mr...
  • Iranian Alert - August 7, 2005 - Further unrest in Kurdish western Iran kills two

    08/07/2005 8:39:49 PM PDT · by freedom44 · 17 replies · 1,461+ views
    Regime Change Iran ^ | 8/7/05 | freedom44
    Top News Story Reuters TEHRAN, Aug 7 (Reuters) - Two people have been killed, eight injured and 145 arrested in unrest among the Kurds of western Iran, Iran's Interior Ministry said on Sunday. The deaths in the town of Saqqez followed rioting and a gun battle elsewhere in Kurdish-dominated territories. The Interior Ministry Web site named the dead men in Saqqez as Mohammad Shariati, a 55-year-old retired teacher, and 18-year-old Farzad Mohammadi. It quoted an unnamed senior official as saying that police had denied firing their pistols, but investigators were looking into the type of shots fired to work...
  • Iranian Alert - August 6, 2005 - Iran won't be intimidated, new president says

    08/07/2005 10:00:54 AM PDT · by DoctorZIn · 12 replies · 1,060+ views
    Regime Change Iran ^ | 8.6.2005 | DoctorZin
    Top News Story Iran won't be intimidated, new president says By Parisa HafeziTEHRAN (Reuters) - Iran's new President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad said on Saturday the Islamic Republic, facing intense pressure from the West over its nuclear ambitions, would not be intimidated.Taking the oath of office in parliament following his stunning June election win, the former Tehran mayor said his priority would be to tackle unemployment and his foreign policy would seek to reduce international threats."We are logical and respect international rules, but will not give in to those who want to violate our rights," he said in a brief address....
  • Iranian Alert - August 5, 2005 - Iran Rejects EU Nuclear Plan

    08/06/2005 6:32:08 PM PDT · by DoctorZIn · 21 replies · 1,145+ views
    Regime Change Iran ^ | 8.5.2005 | DoctorZin
    Top News Story Iran Rejects EU Nuclear PlanIran on Saturday rejected Europe's proposal for ending the standoff over Tehran's nuclear program, calling the package "unacceptable" and not up to Tehran's "minimum expectations."Foreign Ministry spokesman Hamid Reza Asefi said the government would send its official rejection to the Europeans later Saturday or Sunday. READ MORE Iran Press News reported that Ayatollah Jannati, the Director of the Guardian Council, said: "We have said, from the very beginning of the discussions with the Europeans that they're duplicitous and conmen. It was evident from the outset that these talks with these 3 Europeans...
  • Iranian Alert - August 4, 2005 - Iran sends in troops and gunships to crush border unrest

    08/05/2005 8:54:16 AM PDT · by DoctorZIn · 19 replies · 1,959+ views
    Regime Change Iran ^ | 8.5.2005 | DoctorZin
    Top News Story Iran sends in troops to crush border unrest Michael HowardFriday August 5, 2005The Guardian The Iranian government has deployed large numbers of troops in cities in the northwestern region which borders Iraq in an effort to quell three weeks of civil unrest that has left up to 20 people dead and more than 300 wounded, according to reports from dissident groups. They said as many as 100,000 state security forces, backed up by helicopter gunships, had moved into the region to crack down on pro-Kurdish demonstrations. The claims, from Kurdish groups in Iraq, could not be...
  • Iranian Alert - August 3, 2005 - 'Eleven die as anti-government Kurd demonstrations spread'

    08/03/2005 6:36:57 PM PDT · by freedom44 · 9 replies · 1,227+ views
    Regime Change Iran ^ | 8/3/05 | freedom44
    Top News Story Iran Focus Tehran, Iran, Aug. 03 – Heavy clashes which broke out between protesters and State Security Forces on Wednesday in the Kurdish town of Saqqez, northwest Iran, have claimed 11 lives, according to Kurdish sources. Witnesses reported that agents of the SSF fired lethal rounds on protestors from helicopters in the air. Iran’s state-run media and officials have confirmed extensive clashes in the western regions of the country. The state-run news agency ILNA reported on Wednesday that provincial governors of Kurdistan and West Azerbaijan, deputy chiefs of security in the Interior and Intelligence Ministries, deputy...
  • Iranian Alert - August 2, 2005 - Ganji's Wife Appeals to the World

    08/02/2005 6:20:51 PM PDT · by DoctorZIn · 30 replies · 1,780+ views
    Regime Change Iran ^ | 8.2.2005 | DoctorZin
    Top News Story Ganji's Wife Appeals to the World BY ELI LAKE - Staff Reporter of the Sun August 2, 2005 WASHINGTON - Defying warnings from the Iranian regime ordering her not to talk to foreign reporters, the wife of dissident journalist Akbar Ganji yesterday told The New York Sun that she has had no choice but to appeal to the international community to save the life of her husband, who today enters Day 53 of a hunger strike. Meanwhile in New York, a spokesman for Secretary-General Annan says his boss has personally intervened with the mullahs on Mr....
  • Iran Arrests Lawyer for Kazemi Family

    08/01/2005 11:12:15 AM PDT · by nuconvert · 4 replies · 233+ views
    CBC - Canada ^ | 31 Jul 2005
    Iran arrests lawyer for Kazemi family 31 Jul 2005 CBC News Iranian authorities have arrested the lawyer for the family of slain Montreal photojournalist Zahra Kazemi, accusing him of leaking classified information on Iran's nuclear espionage. "He has revealed information on nuclear spies both inside and outside Iran as well as to families of the suspects," judiciary spokesman Jamal Karimirad said Sunday. Adolfattah Soltani was arrested on Saturday, according to his lawyer, Mohammad Dadkhah. Dadkhah said he suspects the real reason for Soltani's arrest was his work investigating the case of Kazemi, who died in an Iranian jail in July...
  • Iranian Alert - August 1, 2005 - Iran to restart nuclear program

    07/31/2005 5:41:12 PM PDT · by freedom44 · 12 replies · 1,156+ views
    Regime Change Iran ^ | 8/1/05 | freedom44
    Top News Story CBC News Iran pledged to restart part of its nuclear program on Monday after the European Union missed a deadline to deliver proposals for economic and political incentives. The EU asked for an extension of an Aug. 1 deadline to submit proposals, saying they would be ready by Aug. 7. The EU is offering the incentives so Iran will limit its nuclear program. A senior official with Iran's nuclear program told Reuters news agency on Sunday that plans to enrich uranium would definitely proceed. "As we did not receive the EU proposal, naturally we will definitely...
  • Iranian Alert - July 31, 2005 - Iran: Europe Proposes Nonaggression Pact

    07/31/2005 4:20:13 PM PDT · by DoctorZIn · 10 replies · 1,092+ views
    Regime Change Iran ^ | 7.31.2005 | DoctorZin
    Top News Story Iran: Europe Proposes Nonaggression Pact Sunday July 31, 2005 12:01 PMTEHRAN, Iran (AP)- Iran's top nuclear negotiator said his European counterparts have proposed a guarantee that Iran won't be invaded if Tehran agrees to a permanent halt on uranium enrichment, the state-run Islamic Republic News Agency said on Sunday. Hasan Rowhani said the proposal is under discussion by Europeans and includes several important points such as ``guarantees about Iran's integrity, independence, national sovereignty'' and ``nonaggression toward Iran,'' the agency reported. ``If Europe enjoys a serious political will about Iran's nuclear fuel cycle, there will be the...
  • Iranian Alert - July 30, 2005 - Iran demands EU make nuclear offer by August 1

    07/31/2005 12:39:16 AM PDT · by DoctorZIn · 12 replies · 1,176+ views
    Regime Change Iran ^ | 7.30.2005 | DoctorZin
    Top News Story Iran demands EU make nuclear offer by August 1 TEHRAN (Reuters) - Iran demanded on Saturday that the European Union submit proposals in a dispute over its nuclear programme by August 1 rather than take a week longer.The European Union -- represented by Britain, France and Germany -- is due to offer Iran a limited package of economic and political incentives to give up work that the United States suspects is a veil for efforts to build a nuclear bomb.In return, the EU wants Iran to agree to maintain indefinitely its suspension of uranium enrichment, nuclear...
  • Iranian Alert - July 29, 2005 - Ganji Dying

    07/30/2005 12:27:42 AM PDT · by DoctorZIn · 19 replies · 5,053+ views
    Regime Change Iran ^ | 7.29.2005 | DoctorZin
    Top News Story Ganji DyingGooya News: They are reporting Tehran's Prosecutor, Mortezavi, said that Ganji may not survive the night.BBC Persian News: Quoted Ganji's wife as saying her husband may be living his last days. A Daily Briefing of Major News Stories on Iran: Muslim Wakeup reported that the International Committee in Support of Akbar Ganji, placed a full-page ad in the New York Times, appealing to the United Nations Secretary General to work for his immediate release.BBC News reported that the wife of journalist Akbar Ganji, says officials will not let her visit her husband, 49 days into...
  • Iranian Alert - July 28, 2005 - Iran's Students Find Inspiration in Ganji's Protest

    07/28/2005 7:48:03 PM PDT · by DoctorZIn · 15 replies · 1,172+ views
    Regime Change Iran ^ | 7.28.2005 | DoctorZin
    Top News Story Iran's Students Find Inspiration in Ganji's Protest BY ELI LAKE - Staff Reporter of the Sun July 28, 2005 WASHINGTON - A spokesman for Iran's union of student organizations, Tahkim Vahdat, says a hunger strike by jailed dissident journalist, Akbar Ganji, has inspired the country's democracy movement.Separately, the regime, which is preparing for its new hard-line president, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, to take office on August 6, said yesterday that Iran plans to restart some nuclear activities as soon as next month, according to the Associated Press. Iran also has developed solid-fuel technology that will improve the accuracy...
  • Iranian Alert - July 27, 2005 - A Tipping Point for Tehran - WSJ

    07/27/2005 11:26:07 PM PDT · by DoctorZIn · 19 replies · 1,456+ views
    Regime Change Iran ^ | 7.27.2005 | DoctorZin
    Top News Story A Tipping Point for TehranAn ExcerptNir Boms and Reza Bulorchi, The Wall Street Journal: Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, Iran's "elected" president, will officially assume his post next month. The elections, no doubt, were a sham and the controversy about voting irregularities is far from settled. Iran's opposition sources revealed that the national ID cards of about five million dead people were provided to regime supporters, enabling them to vote multiple times at multiple locations. So Mr. Ahmadinejad's victory had little to do with the fact that he campaigned as the "populist" son of a blacksmith and hoisted the...
  • Iranian Alert - July 26, 2005 - BBC News reports on the Kurdish riots in Iran

    07/27/2005 8:20:09 AM PDT · by DoctorZIn · 11 replies · 5,241+ views
    Regime Change Iran ^ | 7.26.2005 | DoctorZin
    Top News Story Iran press reports Kurdish riots By Frances Harrison BBC News, Tehran The Iranian media has reported more disturbances in Kurdish areas of the country after several days of riots. Two people were wounded on Monday when "hooligans" caused disorder in the town of Oshnavieh, the hardline newspaper Jumhuri Islami said. But Kurdish journalists report that three people were killed on Monday and seven died in previous days. Kurds are saying the unrest is a sign of frustration over the denial of minority rights in Iran. Chief among these is frustration over the denial of the right...