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  • Solons Irked Over Visit Of Khatemi

    09/01/2006 10:09:24 AM PDT · by VoodooEconomics · 6 replies · 340+ views
    The NY Sun ^ | September 1, 2006 | ELI LAKE
    WASHINGTON — The State Department's decision to grant a visa to Iran's former president is sparking a rebellion among Republican members of Congress who seek a tougher line on the rogue country as it flaunts the latest U.N. deadline on its nuclear program. Yesterday afternoon, the chairman of the House Subcommittee on the Middle East and Central Asia, Ileana Ros-Lehtinen, a Republican from Florida, began collecting signatures in Congress for a letter that she plans to send next week to Secretary of State Rice expressing "grave concerns" about the visa for Muhammad Khatemi that will allow him to speak before...
  • What's wrong with this picture?

    08/31/2006 10:16:35 PM PDT · by Raquel · 24 replies · 725+ views
    Raquel's Commentary ^ | 8/31/06 | Raquel Lacomba Walker
    Former U.S. President James Carter (1977-1981) is hosting a meeting with former Iranian President Mohammed Khatemi (1997-2005) during a planned visit to the U.S. in early September. Khatemi, invited by a number of private groups, is traveling with a group of twelve including family members and staff. One of the groups inviting Khatemi is the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard, to give a speech on “Ethics of Tolerance in the Age of Violence.” Khatemi will also be participating at a U.N. conference on the dialogue of civilizations, as well as other activities in the U.S. Sounds normal...
  • What A Surprise: Khatemi Wants A Meet With Jimmy Carter

    08/31/2006 6:45:19 AM PDT · by yoe · 14 replies · 470+ views
    Town Hall blog (New MSM) ^ | August 30, 2006 | Hugh Hewitt
    Two articles from the Times of London discuss the morally bankrupt decision to issue a visa to the former president of Iran, a nation now advocating genocide against the Israeli people, denying the Holocaust, and supplying arms to Iraq terrorists trying to and sometimes succeeding in killing and wounding our soldiers. Khatemi wants to meet with (Jimmy Carter). What a surprise. The Times of London columnist Oliver Kamm overstates the situation when he decalres "Khatami's host in the US is Jimmy Carter," but right on target when he charts (Carter's terrible interventions) in American foreign policy post presidency. (Who can...
  • Iranian Alert - February 7, 2005 - "Ayatollahs shaken by Bush's support for pro-Democracy students"

    02/06/2005 2:19:29 PM PST · by freedom44 · 58 replies · 2,883+ views
    Regime Change Iran ^ | 2/06/05 | freedom44
    Top News Story TEHRAN, 4 Feb. (IPS) A visibly worried Islamic Republic reacted angrily on Thursday at the US President's open support for the Iranian people's struggle for democracy and freedom. "To the Iranian people, I say tonight: As you stand for your own liberty, America stands with you", President George W. Bush said in his State of the Union Address Wednesday night, naming also the Islamic Republic as the world’s major sponsor of international terrorism. Mr. Bush's proposed referendum on the future of the Iranian regime has received strong support from the Iranians. Mr. Bush’s backing for the...
  • Iranian Alert - February 6, 2005 - Iranian Regime's celebration at the Marriott Hotel CANCELED!

    02/06/2005 2:38:16 AM PST · by DoctorZIn · 17 replies · 1,866+ views
    Regime Change Iran ^ | 2.6.2005 | DoctorZin
    Top News Story The Iranian Regime's planned celebration at the Marriott Hotel CANCELED!Iran just took a hit from the Free Republic and the blogosphere. The Marriott corporation has just announce that it had canceled an event to celebrate the “Islamic victory against America.” The event, billing itself as: “"Twenty Sixth Anniversary of the glorious victory of the Islamic Revolution and bDeath to America Dayb",” was scheduled for tomorrow. I reported last Tuesday, the Iranian government had booked the use of the Bethesda Marritott. The opposition to the event was lead by Dr. Iman Foroutan, executive director of and...
  • Iranian Alert - February 5, 2005 - Iran goal: Nuke in first 6 months of 2005

    02/05/2005 3:42:25 AM PST · by DoctorZIn · 26 replies · 2,019+ views
    Regime Change Iran ^ | 2.5.2005 | DoctorZin
    Top News Story Iran goal: Nuke in first 6 months of 2005 Iranian opposition group NCRI claims in Paris that Iran hopes to develop a nuclear bomb “in first half of 2005.” Spokesman says Tehran has obtained polonium-210 and beryllium to start chain reaction for nuclear fission, hiding these processes from UN watchdog. Iran is already far advanced on two additional elements for bomb – nuclear fuel and delivery system. A Daily Briefing of Major News Stories on Iran: Iran gives `Israeli spy' 10 years in jail - Reuters Tehran Friday Sermon: Iranians Will Punch Americans in the Mouth...
  • Iranian Alert - February 4, 2005 - Capitol Hill Mulls 'Regime Change' in Iran

    02/04/2005 7:18:17 AM PST · by DoctorZIn · 12 replies · 2,134+ views
    Regime Change Iran ^ | 2.4.2005 | DoctorZin
    Top News Story Capitol Hill Mulls 'Regime Change' in Iran Thursday, February 03, 2005 By Kelley Beaucar Vlahos WASHINGTON — Though the Bush administration denies it has any designs on changing Iran's theocracy, members of Congress are planning ways to assist in a possible "regime change." Movements are afoot in both the House and Senate to pass legislation that would enable the U.S. government to support foreign and domestic pro-democracy groups opposed to the current Islamic republic of Iran. Aides for Sen. Rick Santorum, R-Pa., said the senator is drafting legislation that would resemble a bill he introduced in the last...
  • Iranian Alert - February 3, 2005 - President Bush to the Iranian people..."America stands with you"

    02/02/2005 9:17:20 PM PST · by DoctorZIn · 80 replies · 2,424+ views
    Regime Change Iran ^ | 2.3.2005 | DoctorZin
    Top News Story President Bush Stands with the Iranian PeopleExcerpts of the Presidents State of the Union speech discussing Iran (Courtesy of Today, Iran remains the world's primary state sponsor of terror - pursuing nuclear weapons while depriving its people of the freedom they seek and deserve. We are working with European allies to make clear to the Iranian regime that it must give up its uranium enrichment program and any plutonium re-processing, and end its support for terror. And to the Iranian people, I say tonight: As you stand for your own liberty, America stands with you....
  • Iranian Alert - February 2, 2005 - Ukraine 'Sold Nuclear-Capable Missiles to Iran'

    02/01/2005 10:56:32 PM PST · by DoctorZIn · 12 replies · 1,700+ views
    Regime Change Iran ^ | 2.2.2005 | DoctorZin
    Top News Story Ukraine 'Sold Nuclear-Capable Missiles to Iran' 2.2.2005 A senior lawmaker alleges that Ukraine sold nuclear-capable cruise missiles to Iran and China in violation of international non-proliferation treaties and is demanding the new government launch a full investigation. The allegations were made in a letter by lawmaker Hrihory Omelchenko and addressed to President Viktor Yushchenko, a reformist who took office last week. Yushchenko, who takes over from Leonid Kuchma, has promised a thorough investigation of corruption and misdeeds that allegedly flourished during his predecessor’s 10 years as president. Kuchma allegedly sanctioned the sale of sophisticated radar systems...
  • Iranian Alert - February 1, 2005 - Stop Iran's "Death to American" Event at Bethesda, MD Marriott

    02/01/2005 2:23:40 AM PST · by DoctorZIn · 22 replies · 2,209+ views
    Regime Change Iran ^ | 2.1.2005 | DoctorZin
    Top News Story Stop Iranian "Death to America" Celebration Scheduled for February 6th at the Marriott of Bethesda, MDM From: The Office of Iran of Tomorrow Movement To : John. W. Marriott Jr., CEO Marriott International, Inc. 10400 Fernwood Dr. Bethesda, MD 20817 January 28, 2005 It has recently come to our attention that the Director of the Interests Section of the Islamic Republic of Iran in Washington D.C., Mr. Ali Jazini, has reserved a large section of the Bethesda North Marriott Hotel and Conference Center for a celebration of the “Twenty Sixth Anniversary of the glorious victory of...
  • Iranian Alert - January 31, 2005 - "Iran would make any aggressor pay dearly"

    01/30/2005 7:13:44 PM PST · by freedom44 · 26 replies · 1,914+ views
    Regime Change Iran ^ | 2/1/05 | Freedom44
    Top Story Iran would make any aggressor pay dearly: armed forces commander TEHRAN, Jan. 30 (MNA) -- The commander of the Iranian Armed Forces, Major General Mohammad Salimi, said here on Sunday that Iran will sound the defense as soon as the enemy starts to beat the drums of war. The Iranian Armed Forces regard all foreign threats against the country as serious and are ready to respond to them, he told the Mehr News Agency. “We regard any threat as serious, although it might not be new or likely to be materialized. They have been threatening the Islamic...
  • Iranian Alert - January 30, 2005 - Iran Warns The EU: Iran may reconsider nuclear cooperation

    01/30/2005 2:44:34 AM PST · by DoctorZIn · 29 replies · 2,134+ views
    Regime Change Iran ^ | 1.30.2005 | DoctorZin
    Top News Story Iran’s Khamenei warns EU may reconsider nuclear cooperation(AFP)29 January 2005 TEHERAN - Iran’s supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei warned European powers Saturday that they must take their nuclear negotiations with Iran seriously, otherwise Tehran will reconsider its cooperation.“The Europeans negotiating with Iran should know that they are dealing with a great, cultured nation... if Iranian officials feel that there is no seriousness in the European negotiations, the process will change,” Khamenei was quoted as saying by the Iranian media.His comments followed the emergence of reports that the EU was hardening its stance towards Iran and calling...
  • Iranian Alert - January 29, 2005 - United States and Europe Differ Over Strategy on Iran

    01/28/2005 9:15:31 PM PST · by DoctorZIn · 15 replies · 1,704+ views
    Regime Change Iran ^ | 1.29.2005 | DoctorZin
    Top News Story United States and Europe Differ Over Strategy on Iran By ELAINE SCIOLINO Published: January 29, 2005 ARIS, Jan. 28 - President Bush's second term has barely begun, and Iran is already shaping up as its most serious diplomatic challenge. But conflicting pronouncements by Mr. Bush and his national security team have left Iran frustrated and angry about the direction of American policy, and the Europeans more determined than ever to push Washington to embrace their engagement strategy. To the outside world, the administration seems divided over whether to promote the overthrow of Iran's Islamic Republic -...
  • Iranian Alert - January 28, 2005 - Iran Will Never Dismantle Nuke Program

    01/28/2005 2:36:21 AM PST · by DoctorZIn · 8 replies · 1,196+ views
    Regime Change Iran ^ | 1.28.2005 | DoctorZin
    Top News Story Iran Will Never Dismantle Nuke Program PUTRAJAYA, Malaysia (Reuters) - Iran has vowed never to dismantle its uranium enrichment programme, a day after a confidential EU document showed that France, Britain and Germany had told Tehran they would not settle for anything less. Iran has temporarily frozen its enrichment programme, [DZ note: not really] a process of purifying uranium for use as fuel in nuclear power plants or weapons, but insists that atomic fuel production is a sovereign right it will never abandon. Asked whether Iran would dismantle the programme, Iranian Deputy Foreign Minister Gholamali Khoshroo,...
  • Iranian Alert - January 27, 2005 - USAF playing cat and mouse game over Iran

    01/27/2005 2:56:37 AM PST · by DoctorZIn · 28 replies · 2,737+ views
    Regime Change Iran ^ | 1.26.2005 | DoctorZin
    Top News Story USAF playing cat and mouse game over Iran Richard Sale, UPI Intelligence Correspondent:The U.S. Air Force is playing a dangerous game of cat and mouse with Iran's ayatollahs, flying American combat aircraft into Iranian airspace in an attempt to lure Tehran into turning on air defense radars, thus allowing U.S. pilots to grid the system for use in future targeting data, administration officials said. "We have to know which targets to attack and how to attack them," said one, speaking on condition of anonymity. ... "These Iranian air defense positions are not just being observed, they're...
  • Iranian Alert - January 26, 2005 - EU, Iran Nuclear Talks Deadlocked [Surprise.. Surprise]

    01/26/2005 3:22:31 AM PST · by DoctorZIn · 14 replies · 1,832+ views
    Regime Change Iran ^ | 1.26.2005 | DoctorZin
    Top News Story Iran Sees Nuclear Enrichment As a Goal By GEORGE JAHNAssociated Press Writer Confidential talks between key European powers and Iran are deadlocked on the key issue of uranium enrichment, with Tehran refusing to scrap such programs and banish fears it wants to make atomic arms, according to a summary of the last meeting made available Tuesday to The Associated Press. The summary of the last meeting on the issue involving representatives of France, Britain, Germany and Iran states that Tehran's position remains "the goal of maintaining" its enrichment program, while the European powers continue to insist...
  • Iranian Alert - January 25, 2005 - U.S. INTELLIGENCE OBTAINS IRANIAN NUKE PLANS

    01/24/2005 11:08:04 PM PST · by DoctorZIn · 52 replies · 2,195+ views
    Regime Change Iran ^ | 1.25.2005 | DoctorZin
    Top News Story U.S. INTELLIGENCE OBTAINS IRANIAN NUKE PLANS WASHINGTON [MENL] -- The U.S. intelligence community has obtained plans for what was described as an Iranian project to develop a nuclear warhead.Officials said the plans were obtained by the CIA in November from an unidentified source. They said the source relayed more than 1,000 pages of technical drawings and documents of an Iranian nuclear missile warhead design.In November, 2004, officials said, the CIA had sought to confirm the authenticity of the Iranian documents. The Iranian documents -- first reported by the Washington Post on Nov. 19 -- were said...
  • Iranian Alert - January 24, 2005 - American Actions For Regime Change "Inevitable"

    01/24/2005 3:39:13 AM PST · by DoctorZIn · 10 replies · 1,385+ views
    Regime Change Iran ^ | 1.24.2005 | DoctorZin
    Top News Story AMERICAN ACTIONS FOR REGIME CHANGE IN IRAN "INEVITABLE" By Safa HaeriPosted Saturday, January 22, 2005  E-mail this page    Printer-friendly page "It is the policy of the United States to seek and support the growth of democratic movements and institutions in every nation and culture, with the ultimate goal of ending tyranny in our world" PARIS, 23 Jan. (IPS) Slowly but surely, the United States is preparing local and international public opinion for concrete action against the Islamic Republic of Iran, now tagged as the main "outpost of tyranny", Iranian and western analysts and diplomats say.In...
  • Iranian Alert - January 23, 2005 - Pro-Democracy Student flogged 74 times, serve 2 years in Prison

    01/22/2005 7:34:45 PM PST · by freedom44 · 39 replies · 2,798+ views
    Regime Change Iran ^ | 1/23/2005 | Freedom44
    Top News StoryIran student to be flogged 74 times, serve 2 years in prison Sat. 22 Jan 2005 Iran Focus Tehran, Jan. 22 – An Iranian medical student was sentenced to two years prison time and 74 lashes by Iran's Revolutionary Court on political charges, according to a state-run news agency. Reza Ashrafpour, a young man studying dentistry in Iran's University of Medical Sciences had been charged with "acting against national security", "propaganda against the regime", "spreading panic in society", and "insulting the Supreme Leader". It is believed that authorities were looking to convict Ashrafpour for the past two...
  • Iranian Alert - January 22, 2005 - World press electrified by Bush vision

    01/22/2005 5:01:01 AM PST · by DoctorZIn · 40 replies · 2,699+ views
    Regime Change Iran ^ | 1.22.2005 | DoctorZin
    Top News Story World press electrified by Bush vision "Hold on to your hats, this may be the most ambitious presidency ever." That's the message from one Israeli paper after President George W Bush's inauguration - a message echoed across the world's press. For China's press his speech raises the question whether Washington will head further down a "unilateral" path in foreign relations. One Polish paper heralds the speech as the dawn of a conservative revolution, while in Germany and Turkey there's a bleak forecast for the new Bush era. At precisely the moment when critics claim he is...
  • Iranian Alert - January 21, 2005 - Cheney puts Iran at top of trouble list

    01/21/2005 12:05:22 AM PST · by DoctorZIn · 35 replies · 5,303+ views
    Regime Change Iran ^ | 1.21.2005 | DoctorZin
    Top News Story Thursday, January 20, 2005 · Last updated 8:50 p.m. PT Cheney puts Iran at top of trouble list THE ASSOCIATED PRESS     Vice President Dick Cheney addresses the crowd at the Texas/Wyoming Ball at the Washington Convention Center Thursday, Jan. 20, 2005, in Washington. (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak) WASHINGTON -- Vice President Dick Cheney, in an interview hours before he and President Bush were sworn in for a second term, said Iran now tops the list of the world's potential trouble spots.Iran is pursuing "a fairly robust new nuclear program" and "is a noted sponsor of...
  • Iranian Alert - January 20, 2005 - Condoleezza Rice Voices Tough Line on Iran

    01/20/2005 12:57:02 AM PST · by DoctorZIn · 27 replies · 4,079+ views
    Regime Change Iran ^ | 1.20.2005 | DoctorZin
    Top News Story Condoleezza Rice Voices Tough Line on Iran Wed Jan 19, 2005 01:48 PM ET WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Secretary of State-designate Condoleezza Rice articulated a firm U.S. line against Iran's ruling mullahs, whose nuclear ambitions the Bush administration considers a major threat, in testimony at her Senate confirmation hearings. In two days of Senate Foreign Relations Committee hearings that ended on Wednesday, Rice repeatedly emphasized differences with Tehran's clerical leaders, saying: "It's really hard to find common ground with a government that thinks Israel should be extinguished." Rice did not rule out an eventual U.S. acceptance of...
  • Iranian Alert - January 19, 2005 - Tehran denies US nuclear spy missions in Iran

    01/18/2005 11:57:07 PM PST · by DoctorZIn · 26 replies · 3,503+ views
    Regime Change Iran ^ | 1.19.2005 | DoctorZin
    Top News Story Tehran denies US nuclear spy missions in Iran By Najmeh Bozorgmehr in Tehran and Guy Dinmore in Washington Published: January 18 2005 18:41 | Last updated: January 18 2005 18:41Iran on Tuesday dismissed a report that US commandos were carrying out secret missions inside the country and lashed out at US policy in Iraq. Ali Agha-Mohammadi, head of the propaganda committee of the Supreme National Security Council, said a report in the New Yorker magazine that claimed the US had started to identify alleged hidden nuclear sites inside Iran as potential targets in its war against...
  • Iranian Alert - January 18, 2005 - Statement from Pentagon on Latest Seymour Hersh Article & others

    01/17/2005 11:00:43 PM PST · by DoctorZIn · 45 replies · 5,362+ views
    Regime Change Iran ^ | 1.18.2005 | DoctorZin
    Top News Story U.S. Department of Defense Office of the Assistant Secretary of Defense (Public Affairs)News Release On the Web: Media contact: +1 (703) 697-5131 Public contact: or +1 (703) 428-0711   No. 046-05 IMMEDIATE RELEASE January 17, 2005 Statement from Pentagon Spokesman Lawrence DiRita on Latest Seymour Hersh Article             The Iranian regime’s apparent nuclear ambitions and its demonstrated support for terrorist organizations is a global challenge that deserves much more serious treatment than Seymour Hersh provides in the New Yorker article titled “The Coming Wars.”              Mr. Hersh’s article is so riddled with errors of fundamental...
  • Iranian Alert - January 17, 2005 - US Special forces 'on the ground' in Iran

    01/16/2005 10:02:49 PM PST · by DoctorZIn · 45 replies · 4,469+ views
    Regime Change Iran ^ | 1.17.2005 | DoctorZin
    Top News Story US Special forces 'on the ground' in IranIan TraynorMonday January 17, 2005The GuardianAmerican special forces have been on the ground inside Iran scouting for US air strike targets for suspected nuclear weapons sites, according to the renowned US investigative journalist Seymour Hersh. In an article in the latest edition of the New Yorker, Mr Hersh, who was the first to uncover the US human rights abuses against Iraqi detainees at Abu Ghraib prison last year, reports that Pakistan, under a deal with Washington, has been supplying information on Iranian military sites and on its nuclear programme,...
  • Iranian Alert - January 16, 2005 - "Jordan receives photo of al-Zarqawi with Iran military chiefs"

    01/15/2005 6:43:07 PM PST · by freedom44 · 50 replies · 7,861+ views
    Regime Change Iran ^ | 1/15/05 | Freedom44
    Top Story Jordan King receives photo of al-Zarqawi, Iran military chiefs Sat. 15 Jan 2005 Paris, Jan. 15 – A photo showing Abu Musab al-Zarqawi, the Jordanian born mastermind behind the latest spate of bombings in Iraq, standing with senior commanders of Iran's Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC) was seen by Jordan's King Abdullah II last month, according to an Algerian journalist. "The Islamic Republic's Foreign Minister did not attend the Amman conference of Iraq's neighbors in response to accusations made by Jordan's King Abdullah II", Atwan Tazakrat on Thursday told US-based Radio Farda. "Fifteen days earlier, Jordanian intelligence...
  • Iranian Alert - January 15, 2005 - Soros supports mullahs: The left embraces yet another enemy

    01/15/2005 12:25:41 AM PST · by DoctorZIn · 34 replies · 10,606+ views
    Regime Change Iran ^ | 10.15.2005 | DoctorZin
    Top News Story Soros supports mullahs: The left embraces yet another enemy Posted: January 14, 20051:00 a.m. Eastern © 2005 On Jan. 13, 2005, the pro-mullah American-Iranian Council joined forces with George Soros's Open Society Institute to host Javad Zarif, Iran's ambassador to the United Nations, to give a talk titled, "The View from Tehran." Soros did not waste any time after supporting with millions of his own money John Kerry's losing 2004 presidential bid. Even before George Bush could be inaugurated the second time, Soros was rolling out the carpet for the mullah's top man in New York. Soros...
  • Iranian Alert - January 14, 2005 - Iranian agent arrested for al-Qaida ties

    01/14/2005 2:00:33 AM PST · by DoctorZIn · 16 replies · 3,246+ views
    Regime Change Iran ^ | 1.14.2005 | DoctorZin
    Top News Story Iranian agent arrested for al-Qaida ties Connects Tehran to Osama bin Laden's terror network Posted: January 13, 20051:50 p.m. Eastern By Aaron Klein © 2005 An Iranian agent was arrested yesterday in Kuwait for ties to recent al-Qaida-related attacks in several Middle Eastern countries, according to a popular Mideast radio network. Sawa Radio, which broadcasts throughout the Middle East, reported the unnamed Iranian agent was apprehended by Kuwaiti security forces after intelligence implicated his involvement in an al-Qaida terror network with prior information on recent attacks in Saudi Arabia. Earlier this week, two Kuwaiti security forces were...
  • Iranian Alert - January 13, 2005 - Israeli think tank: Only U.S. can neutralize Iran

    01/13/2005 12:20:47 AM PST · by DoctorZIn · 26 replies · 7,920+ views
    Regime Change Iran ^ | 1.13.2005 | DoctorZin
    Top News Story Israeli think tank: Only U.S. can neutralize Iran SPECIAL TO WORLD TRIBUNE.COMWednesday, January 12, 2005 TEL AVIV — An Israeli attack on Iranian nuclear facilities would pose greater risks than benefits, a new report concluded.The Jaffee Center for Strategic Studies said an Israeli attack on Iran would fail to either destroy all of its nuclear facilities or halt the program. The report said Teheran could retaliate by launching massive rocket and missile strikes on the Jewish state — from either Iran or Lebanon.In 1981, Israeli F-16 multi-role fighters destroyed Iraq's nuclear reactor in a single bombing...
  • Iranian Alert - January 12, 2005 - EU Lessens Nuclear Issue in Iranian Trade Talks

    01/12/2005 1:46:19 AM PST · by DoctorZIn · 19 replies · 3,568+ views
    Regime Change Iran ^ | 1.12.2005 | DoctorZin
    Top News Story EU Lessens Nuclear Issue in Iranian Trade Talks [Excerpt] January 12, 2005 Marc Champion and Juliane von Reppert-Bismarck Trade talks between the European Union and Iran to be reopened today won't be linked directly to progress on controlling Iran's nuclear ambitions, EU officials said. The talks, aimed at securing a Trade and Cooperation Agreement between the EU and Iran , were frozen in 2003. They now are being reopened as a result of Iran's Nov. 15 agreement with Britain, France and Germany to suspend its uranium-enrichment program temporarily. Even if nuclear watchdogs were to catch Iran...
  • Iranian Alert - January 11, 2005 - Iran may resume uranium enrichment in March

    01/11/2005 12:17:59 AM PST · by DoctorZIn · 30 replies · 7,005+ views
    Regime Change Iran ^ | 1.11.2005 | DoctorZin
    Top News Story Iran may resume uranium enrichment in March 10 Jan 2005 13:32:47 GMT Source: Reuters By Parisa Hafezi TEHRAN, Jan 10 (Reuters) - Iran may resume uranium enrichment -- which can be used to make atomic bombs -- in March if talks with the European Union fail to yield satisfactory progress, a senior Iranian security official said on Monday.Even if the talks go well, Hossein Mousavian told Reuters Tehran was only prepared to extend until June the enrichment freeze it began in late November in an effort to disprove U.S. accusations it is seeking nuclear weapons. "The...
  • Iranian Alert - January 10, 2005 - Iran Won't Allow Military Equipment Inspection

    01/10/2005 1:56:41 AM PST · by DoctorZIn · 33 replies · 6,314+ views
    Regime Change Iran ^ | 1.10.2005 | DoctorZin
    Top News Story Iran Won't Allow Military Gear Inspection Monday January 10, 2005 5:16 AMAP Photo NY114 By ALI AKBAR DAREINI Associated Press Writer TEHRAN, Iran (AP) - Iran will allow U.N. nuclear experts to take environmental samples at a military site the United States links to an alleged nuclear weapons program but won't allow them to inspect military equipment, the foreign ministry spokesman said Sunday. The head of the International Atomic Energy Agency, Mohamed ElBaradei, said last week that Iran had agreed to grant access to the site at Parchin, just southeast of Tehran, and that his inspectors...
  • Iranian Alert - January 9, 2005 - 25 years after revolution, Iranians eager to change regime

    01/08/2005 9:23:12 PM PST · by freedom44 · 27 replies · 5,850+ views
    Regime Change Iran ^ | 01/09/05 | Freedom44
    Top Story Saturday January 8, 2005 The Guardian Twenty-five years after the revolution, Kevin Rushby meets a new generation eager to shake off the fundamentalist legacy The world was gone mad. The coach was a Volvo and on the door it said Millwall Football Club. The sound system was playing Elvis as we boarded,"... we can't go on together with suspicious minds..." and the video was Indecent Exposure with Clooney and Zeta-Jones. Outside the door, men were finishing their Winston cigarettes. A girl wore Levi jeans and touched the sticking plaster on her surgically improved nose. A mad world...
  • Iranian Alert - January 8, 2005 - Iranian opposition exposes another secret nuke plant

    01/08/2005 1:41:44 AM PST · by DoctorZIn · 30 replies · 7,099+ views
    Regime Change Iran ^ | 1.8.2005 | DoctorZin
    Top News Story Group discloses secret nuke effort By Jennifer Joan Lee THE WASHINGTON TIMES PARIS — The Iranian opposition group that exposed the nation's covert nuclear weapons program two years ago said yesterday that supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei has ordered the effort to continue in secret.    The opposition group, the National Council of Resistance of Iran (NCRI), also disclosed the existence of what it said is a new uranium enrichment facility in central Iran that is nearing completion.     Speaking to reporters in Paris yesterday, Mohammad Mohaddessin, chairman of the NCRI's Foreign Affairs Committee, said the Iranian regime is...
  • Iranian Alert - January 7, 2005 - Rice's deputy signals less confrontational US foreign policy

    01/07/2005 1:28:31 AM PST · by DoctorZIn · 10 replies · 2,125+ views
    Regime Change Iran ^ | 1.7.2005 | DoctorZin
    Top News Story Rice Is Said to Pick Trade Negotiator as DeputyBy STEVEN R. WEISMAN Published: January 7, 2005 ASHINGTON, Jan. 6 - Moving to assemble a pragmatic team as secretary of state, Condoleezza Rice has selected Robert B. Zoellick, the administration's top trade negotiator, as her deputy and is considering two veteran diplomats with reputations as moderates for the No. 3 job, administration officials said on Thursday.The officials said that the under secretary of state for political affairs, the third-ranking post at the department that is reserved for a member of the foreign service bureaucracy, would probably be...
  • Iranian Alert - January 6, 2005 - Intel Drone Crashes in Iran?

    01/06/2005 1:23:19 AM PST · by DoctorZIn · 20 replies · 3,630+ views
    Regime Change Iran ^ | 1.6.2005 | DoctorZin
    Top News Story Intel Drone Crashes in Iran?DEBKAfile Exclusive: Unidentified drone crashes at Arak nuclear site in central Iran, according to sources close to Iranian Revolutionary Guards ex-commander Rezai. Evidence in wreckage of intelligence-gathering at presumed uranium enrichment site. Last week, Iranian air force commander said mystery aircraft reported by witnesses over sensitive sites would be shot down.
  • Iranian Alert - January 5, 2005 - Risks of appeasing Iran's mullahs

    01/05/2005 12:26:47 AM PST · by DoctorZIn · 25 replies · 4,848+ views
    Regime Change Iran ^ | 1.5.2005 | DoctorZin
    Top News Story Risks of appeasing Iran's mullahs[Excerpt]By Struan Stevenson Iran's increasing meddling in Iraq and its defiance in its nuclear weapons program pose the greatest challenge to peace and security in Iraq and the whole Middle East, as we enter 2005. ...     Its proxies in that country, including the Supreme Council for Islamic Revolution in Iraq (SCIRI), have put forward a united slate, hoping to gain a majority in the newly elected parliament, whose primary task is to draft Iraq's future constitution. The Iranian clerics have never been so close to realizing their decades-old dream of erecting a...
  • Iranian Alert - January 4, 2005 - Influencing Iran's Nuclear Activities through Major Powers

    01/03/2005 11:37:03 PM PST · by DoctorZIn · 18 replies · 2,953+ views
    Regime Change Iran ^ | 1.4.2005 | DoctorZin
    Top News Story Number 936 December 30, 2004 Influencing Iran's Nuclear Activities through Major Power Cooperation Patrick Clawson This is the second part of a two-part series on diplomacy surrounding the Iranian nuclear program and discusses the role of the five permanent members of the UN Security Council, with particular focus on Russia and China. The first part appeared as PolicyWatch 928 on December 16. The Iran nuclear issue will be on the international agenda in the coming months. The often-postponed visit to Tehran by the head of Russia's Atomic Energy Agency (Minatom) Alexander Rumyantsev to sign an agreement...
  • Iranian Alert - January 3, 2005 - Iraq's Shiites rule out Iran model

    01/02/2005 11:47:58 PM PST · by DoctorZIn · 14 replies · 2,804+ views
    Regime Change Iran ^ | 1.3.2005 | DoctorZin
    Top News Story Iraq's Shiites rule out Iran model Monday, January 3, 2005 Political coalition says it won't create an Islamic theocracyBAGHDAD In a surprise press conference Sunday, leaders of the Shiite-dominated coalition that is expected to prevail in national elections sought to dispel fears that they are under the secret sway of Iran, or have any desire to create an Islamic theocracy. Speaking in offices that were damaged by a car bomb just six days before, leaders of the United Iraqi Alliance urged disaffected Sunnis to join in the elections for a National Assembly, scheduled for Jan. 30....
  • Iranian Alert - January 2, 2005 - Iran's Peace Prize Laureate to run for Presidency

    01/01/2005 9:32:03 PM PST · by freedom44 · 27 replies · 4,366+ views
    Regime Change Iran ^ | 1/2/05 | Freedom44
    Top StoryIran's Ebadi to run for presidency LONDON, Jan 1 (IranMania) – According to Iran Daily, news sources on Friday reported of Peace Prize Laureate, Iranian Shririn Ebadi's candidacy in the upcoming presidential elections. 14 groups such as the Council in Defense of Prisoners' Rights along with independent human rights advocates are to form a coalition to back Ebadi's candidacy. This is while according to Iran's Guardian Council, the controversial term ' Rejal' explicitly mentioned in Iran's constitution in defining the characteristics of the presidential hopefuls refers to the masculinity of the candidates. Thus it is still unknown what...
  • Iranian Alert - January 1, 2005 - Iraqi Prime Minister warns Iran, Syria to stop disrupting peace

    01/01/2005 1:07:41 AM PST · by DoctorZIn · 18 replies · 3,241+ views
    Regime Change Iran ^ | 1.1.2005 | DoctorZin
    Top News Story Iraqi Prime Minister warns Iran, Syria to stop disrupting peace Fri. 31 Dec 2004 Iran FocusBaghdad, Dec. 31 - The Iraqi interim-Prime Minister, Ayad Allawi, speaking on Iraqi TV today echoed comments made yesterday by Iraq’s Defence Minister, about Iranian and Syrian meddling in Iraq. “There are countries which host those who are involved in activities that are harmful to the people of Iraq”, he said. Allawi made the comments in response to a question by Al-Iraqiah satellite TV channel on Iranian and Syrian meddling in Iraq and the recent evidence that had been obtained in...
  • Iranian Alert - December 31, 2004 - Iran, Russia to study UFOs

    12/30/2004 11:16:38 PM PST · by DoctorZIn · 34 replies · 9,378+ views
    Regime Change Iran ^ | 12.31.2004 | DoctorZin
    Top News Story Iran, Russia to study UFOs Scientific probe amid rash of sightings in Eastern Hemisphere Posted: December 30, 20041:00 a.m. Eastern © 2004 Image taken from infrared video of UFOs in Mexico in May With a rash of recent sightings of unidentified flying objects in the Eastern Hemisphere, Russia and Iran have agreed to jointly study the UFO phenomenon. According to the Islamic Republic News Agency, the two nations are stressing "expansion of bilateral cooperation particularly in space research and construction of satellites." In addition to the scientific look at UFOs, Russia and Iran are finalizing agreement for...
  • Iranian Alert - December 30, 2004 - “Car bomb work of Iranian intelligence”: Najaf chief of police

    12/29/2004 9:23:24 PM PST · by DoctorZIn · 28 replies · 4,223+ views
    Regime Change Iran ^ | 12.30.2004 | DoctorZin
    Top News Story “Car bomb work of Iranian intelligence”: Najaf chief of police Wed. 29 Dec 2004 Iran FocusBaghdad, Dec. 29 - The police chief in Najaf said that the commander of three terrorists arrested on Sunday in connection with a car bomb that exploded in the holy city, had extensive connections to Iran’s Ministry of Intelligence and Security (MOIS). He said that intelligence for when and where to attack was given by an MOIS agent to the terrorist cells. “Iraqi security forces had received information regarding a possible attack. The chaotic security situation, due to the burial ceremony...
  • Iranian Alert - December 29, 2004 - Iraq and Iran

    12/29/2004 12:39:48 AM PST · by DoctorZIn · 20 replies · 3,683+ views
    Regime Change Iran ^ | 12.29.2004 | DoctorZin
    Top News Story Iraq and Iran It may be a positive sign that when campaigning began for elections scheduled for Jan. 30 in Iraq, the first hot-button issue raised by Iraqi politicians was the specter of Iranian influence. American officials as well as Arab leaders are breaking no new ground when they warn in public about Iranian meddling in Iraq. They are fearful of Tehran for geopolitical reasons. They don't want Iranian-style theocracy to spread beyond Iran's borders. But it is an exhilarating novelty for Iraqis to be open about such a politically sensitive subject without fear of being...
  • Iranian Alert - December 28, 2004 - Grand Strategy in the Second Term

    12/27/2004 11:02:07 PM PST · by DoctorZIn · 12 replies · 2,577+ views
    Regime Change Iran ^ | 12.28.2004 | DoctorZin
    Top News Story Grand Strategy in the Second TermJohn Lewis Gaddis From Foreign Affairs, January/February 2005 Summary: In his first four years, George W. Bush presided over the most sweeping redesign of U.S. strategy since the days of F.D.R. Over the next four, his basic direction should remain the same: restoring security in a more dangerous world. Some midcourse corrections, however, are overdue. Washington should remember the art of speaking softly and the need for international legitimacy. John Lewis Gaddis is Robert A. Lovett Professor of History at Yale. RECONSIDERATIONSSecond terms in the White House open the way for...
  • Iranian Alert - December 27, 2004 - Choices on Iran

    12/26/2004 9:43:30 PM PST · by DoctorZIn · 25 replies · 2,851+ views
    Regime Change Iran ^ | 12.27.2004 | DoctorZin
    Top News Story Choices on Iran New York Sun Staff Editorial December 23, 2004 President Bush surely mis-underestimated himself when he spoke, during a year-end press conference this week, of his reliance on European allies to achieve American aims in Iran. "We're relying upon others, because we've sanctioned ourselves out of influence with Iran," Mr. Bush said. It can't be a good sign when the president of a superpower is going around claiming he lacks influence. It's not even accurate.The fact is that there are plenty of ways in which Mr. Bush could exercise influence on Iran. He could...
  • Iranian Alert - December 26, 2004 - "Unclear UFO's worry Tehran"

    12/25/2004 9:54:19 PM PST · by freedom44 · 61 replies · 8,070+ views
    Regime Change Iran ^ | 12/26/04 | Freedom44
    Top News - By Ali Akbar Dareini Tehran: Iran’s Air Force has been ordered to shoot down any unknown or suspicious flying objects in Iran’s airspace, an Air Force spokesman said on Saturday amid state-media reports of sightings of flying objects near Iran’s nuclear installations. "All anti-aircraft units and jet fighters have been ordered to shoot down the flying objects in Iran’s airspace," spokesman of the regular Army, Air Force Colonel Salman Mahini, said. Flying object fever has gripped Iran after dozens of reported sightings in the summer and in recent weeks. State-run media has reported sightings of unknown...
  • Iranian Alert - December 25, 2004 - A Special Christmas Story: Our Iranian Freeper Is Finally Safe!

    12/25/2004 12:12:25 AM PST · by DoctorZIn · 49 replies · 4,539+ views
    Regime Change Iran ^ | 12.25.2004 | DoctorZin
    Top News Story A Special Christmas Story by Joe Katzman at December 25, 2004 03:23 AM I haven't talked about this, but over the past few weeks a number of bloggers have been working to help a certain gentleman escape from a dangerous situation in Iran and find freedom. Our Iranian friend is now out of the country and in a safe location, with people on the ground set up to help his transition and a refugee application in progress. I'm told that our Iranian friend extends his profound gratitude to the crew of elves (Gary Metz, Emily, Jack...
  • Iranian Alert - December 24, 2004 [EST] - Iranians lying, cheating for nukes

    12/24/2004 12:34:21 AM PST · by DoctorZIn · 16 replies · 5,343+ views
    Regime Change Iran ^ | 12.23.2004 | DoctorZin
    Top News Story Iranians lying, cheating for nukes Posted: December 24, 20041:00 a.m. Eastern © 2004 The mullahs of Iran have given the E.U.-3 and the International Atomic Energy Agency their word that they will stop enriching uranium and, after negotiating back and forth for weeks, they are allowing for IAEA verification. That was the word at the end of November. So, we can all stop worrying, right? Not so fast. Not even one month later, and the mullahs have created enough exceptions to fly a Shahab-3 through. First, the Iranians insisted they needed to keep some 20 or 30...
  • Iranian Alert - December 23, 2004 [EST] - Iran: A New Approach (CPD) + Several Must Read Reports

    12/23/2004 12:50:27 AM PST · by DoctorZIn · 21 replies · 4,180+ views
    Regime Change Iran ^ | 12.23.2004 | DoctorZin
    Top News Story Iran - A New Approach The Committee on the Present Danger Policy Paper Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei of Iran presents a fundamental threat to peace, for all signs point to his determination to develop nuclear weapons. Iran’s people, on the other hand, are our allies. They want to free themselves from Khamenei’s oppression and they want Iran to join the community of prosperous, peaceful democracies. The recent agreement Iran made with France, Germany and Britain to temporarily halt uranium enrichment, while it may slow down its overall program, will do so only briefly. What is needed...