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  • Fundamentalist Calls To Ignore Norouz Go Unheard In Iran, Afghanistan

    03/22/2010 6:02:07 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 3 replies · 235+ views
    Radio Free Europe ^ | March 21, 2010 | Abbas Djavadi
    Maryam had invited her two daughters and their husbands and grandchildren for Norouz, the New Year's feast, to her home in western Tehran when I called her on Saturday. It was after 9:02 p.m. when "tahvil," the change from the old to the new year, 1389 after Iranian calendar, was celebrated at Maryam's apartment, as it was in hundreds of thousands of other households in Iran and other countries. She had prepared a beautiful Haft Seen, the Norouz table, and cooked delicious Iranian food. The television was on to follow the announcement of the "tahvil," after which everyone congratulated each...
  • A New Day for Afghanistan: ISAF, Afghanistan Celebrate Nowruz

    03/21/2010 12:27:44 PM PDT · by SandRat · 2 replies · 135+ views
    ISAF Joint Command - Afghanistan ^ | Sgt. Troy Johnson , IASF - Afghnaistan PAO
    BAGRAM AIRFIELD, Afghanistan Spring is here. The snow is melting, the trees are blooming and days are getting longer. And here in Afghanistan, spring marks the beginning of the Afghan New Year, Nowruz. Nowruz, a Persian word meaning "a new day," is an ancient Persian tradition. It marks the first day of spring and the beginning of the new year on a solar calendar, and is celebrated on the day of the vernal equinox, which is typically lands on March 21. In honor of Nowruz, International Security Assistance Forces hosted Afgan National Security Forces and Afghan government officials at...
  • Happy Norooz!

    03/20/2010 12:32:43 PM PDT · by sionnsar · 70 replies · 1,480+ views
    FarsiNet ^ | 3/20/2010
    Nowruz 2569 (1389) will begin on: با شادباش نوروز - تحويل سال نوتحويل سال نو ۲۵۶۹ - ساعت ۹ و ۲ دقيقه و ۰۰ ثانيه بعد از ظهر شنبه اول فروردين ۱۳۸۹ در ايران Tehran: Saturday:      09:02:00 PM      March 20, 2010 New York: Saturday 01:32:00 PM March 20, 2010 Chicago: Saturday 12:32:00 PM March 20, 2010 Denver: Saturday 11:32:00 AM March 20, 2010 Los Angeles:      Saturday 10:32:00 AM March 20, 2010 London: Saturday 05:32:00 PM March 20, 2010 Paris: Saturday 06:32:00 PM March 20, 2010 Rome: Saturday 06:32:00 PM March 20, 2010 Berlin: Saturday 06:32:00 PM March 20, 2010 Athens:...
  • Obama: Iran Has Chosen Isolation Over Dialogue

    03/20/2010 7:56:02 AM PDT · by nuconvert · 25 replies · 493+ views
    Fox/AP ^ | March 20, 2010
    WASHINGTON -- President Obama told Iranians in an online video message that the U.S. wants more educational and cultural exchanges, and lamented that Tehran's leaders have "turned their backs" on good faith overtures in the past to expand opportunities for their people.
  • President Obama's Nowruz Message (I still can't believe this idjit is Prez)

    03/20/2010 9:59:42 AM PDT · by PghBaldy · 22 replies · 902+ views
    White House ^ | March 20 | Staff
    Today, I want to extend my best wishes to all who are celebrating Nowruz in the United States and around the world. On this New Years celebration, friends and family have a unique opportunity to reflect on the year gone by; to celebrate their time together; and to share in their hopes for the future. One year ago, I chose this occasion to speak directly to the people and leaders of the Islamic Republic of Iran, and to offer a new chapter of engagement on the basis of mutual interests and mutual respect. I did so with no illusions. For...
  • Obamas Reset Video for Iran

    03/21/2009 11:48:42 AM PDT · by AJKauf · 11 replies · 485+ views
    Pajamas Media ^ | March 21 | Claudia Rosett
    Scarcely did we have time to absorb the full import of Barack Obama becoming in the portentous phrase that has been all over the news the first sitting president to appear on the Jay Leno show. And now here he is in a White House video wishing happy new year to the people and leaders of the Islamic Republic of Iran. Maybe President Obama should have put the two together, and wished Iran happy new year, or Nowruz, from the set of the Jay Leno show instead of the White House. At least that might have left the...
  • Open letter to President Barak Hussein Obama

    03/21/2009 10:49:11 AM PDT · by Marze Por Gohar Reports · 10 replies · 480+ views
    Marze Por Gohar Party ^ | 2009-03-20 | Mani Aryamand
    2009-03-20 Open letter to President Barak Hussein Obama President Obama, Your Norooz message to Islamic republic leaders is loud and clear .Unfortunately it might not be as effective as you like it to be. You should have been informed that the leaders of the Islamic republic care less about Norooz, and Norooz greetings. In fact, you should have been informed that the Islamic regime has stated that Norooz must be replaced by an Islamic holyday. The only reason this agenda is not fulfilled is because of the great resistance of the Iranian people. Mr. President let me ask you, If...
  • An Olive Branch For A Terrorist State

    03/20/2009 6:09:03 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 8 replies · 477+ views
    IBD Editorials ^ | March 20, 2009
    War On Terror: Is there some grand strategy behind President Obama's "Happy Persian New Year" video message to Iran? Or is America embracing the naive notion that we can get the Islamofascists to like us?As Mark Finkelstein's "FinkelBlog" noted, there were no American flags visible in the background to ruffle the mullahs' turbans in Obama's Friday midnight video message. A wide shot featured on the White House Web site has the president sitting before Old Glory, but it turns out there is more than one edition of the video. The version with Farsi subtitles presumably the one pegged for...
  • Those arrested in fire festivities will spend Persian New Year in jail

    03/09/2008 6:39:27 PM PDT · by freedom44 · 3 replies · 418+ views
    IranFocus ^ | 3/9/08 | IranFocus
    Tehran, Iran, Mar. 06 Irans police chief has vowed to keep repeat offenders in prison throughout the entire Persian New Year period which lasts until April 3 even if their jail terms expire. Brigadier General Ismaeil Ahmadi-Moghaddam, the commander of Irans State Security Forces, on Wednesday said, With the cooperation of the judiciary, repeat offenders who are arrested will be incarcerated until the end of the holiday period. His remarks were carried by the government-owned news agency Fars. Among the steps we are taking is increasing police patrols, and arresting and detaining repeat offenders, said Ahmadi-Moghaddam, who is himself...
  • Iran government condemns Persian Pride

    03/19/2007 1:51:47 PM PDT · by freedom44 · 17 replies · 638+ views
    NY Sun ^ | 3/19/07 | Alicia Colon
    On March 25, the fourth annual Persian parade will begin on 40th Street and Madison Avenue. Organizers say the single-day festival commemorates Noerooz, the Persian New Year of 1386, and its theme will be "Celebrating the Persian-American Community." In a statement, they said: "The 2007 parade is promising to be bigger, better, and more colorful than ever." That's because it's in New York, where we are free to express our cultural heritage without losing our national identity. Judging from persianparade.org, which shows last year's Iradj Javid parade, I expect to see as many American flags as in tomorrow's Irish-American St....
  • Reza Pahlavis Message On the Occasion of Persian New Year 2006 (Nowrooz 1385)

    03/19/2006 1:40:32 PM PST · by nuconvert · 39 replies · 770+ views
    rezapahlavi.org ^ | Mar. 20, 2006 | Reza Pahlavi
    Reza Pahlavis Message On the Occasion of Persian New Year 2006 (Nowrooz 1385) March 20th, 2006 All nations festive occasions are a reminder of past glories and happy times. For us, the people of Iran, Nowrooz is that and more: It is a reminder of our national and historical identity; it connects our ancient heritage to today and the future, having endured through foreign attacks and domination of anti-Iranian orders; it is thus the mark of the continuity of our national history. This year, Nowrooz comes under conditions where the anti-Iranian policies of the Islamic regime have brought our homeland...
  • Iran police arrest 1,000 during fire festival in Tehran

    03/16/2006 2:07:49 PM PST · by freedom44 · 6 replies · 350+ views
    Iran Focus ^ | 3/16/06 | Iran Focus
    Tehran, Iran, Mar. 16 Irans paramilitary police arrested 1,000 individuals in the Iranian capital during Tuesday nights annual fire festival, Tehrans deputy chief prosecutor announced on Thursday. On the night leading to the [Persian calendar] years final Wednesday, 1,000 individuals who were creating disorder and disruption were arrested across Tehran, Mahmoud Salarkia announced. His comments were carried by the state-run news agency ISNA. The figure was considerably higher than the one announced earlier by Greater Tehrans chief of police. Brigadier General Morteza Talai said on Wednesday that the security forces had arrested 174 people in Tehran during the festival...
  • Persians celebrate New Year

    03/16/2006 5:41:11 PM PST · by freedom44 · 11 replies · 499+ views
    Toronto Star ^ | 3/16/06 | NICHOLAS KEUNG
    Under the azure dome, before Islam's arrival in the 7th Century, the Persians, in what is today's Iran, began battling evil with fire. Despite Islamic traditionalists' dislike of "superstitious" ritual, the practice of purifying one's body and soul has survived in Iran and thrived into the present-day Festival of Fire. The annual celebration is the one secular event probably beside national soccer victories that is celebrated by every Iranian regardless of religious affiliations. Last night, instead of leaping over bonfires, Toronto's 100,000-strong Iranian Canadian community ushered in the festival with fireworks at Sunnybrook Park and Mel Lastman Square,...
  • Mullahs Fail to prevent Ancient Persian Festival

    03/14/2006 5:26:26 PM PST · by FARS · 75 replies · 1,518+ views
    FARS
    Revelers call for anti-Islamic Regime demonstration on Wednesday March 15th at 7pm Iran Time (GMT +3:30). Farsi language radio station KRSI in Los Angeles took calls live this Tuesday morning from people gathered in the streets in Iran and broadcasted them live to listeners all over Iran. Despite a total ban by the Islamic regime against celebrating an ancient Zoroastrian festival, traditionally on the last Wednesday of the Persian Year, by jumping over lines of smallish tumbleweed bonfires and chanting "your redness to me, my yellowness to you", crowds ignored the edict. And faced up to the attacks from the...
  • Tehran plans a nuclear weapons test before March 20, 2006 the Iranian New Year

    01/22/2006 2:57:22 PM PST · by strategofr · 68 replies · 2,734+ views
    DEBKAfile ^ | January 22, 2006, 9:30 AM (GMT+02:00)
    Tehran plans a nuclear weapons test before March 20, 2006 the Iranian New Year, moves Shahab-3 missiles within striking range of Israel. Reporting this, the dissident Foundation for Democracy in Iran, a US-based watch group, cites sources in the US and Iran. The FDI adds from Iran: on June 16, the high command of the Revolutionary Guards Air Force ordered Shahab-3 missile units to move mobile launchers every 24 hours instead of weekly. This is in view of a potential pre-emptive strike by the US or Israel. Advance Shahab-3 units have been positioned in Kermanshah and Hamad within striking...
  • Christmas in Iran (Photos Included) -- Merry Christmas to every one on FR from your Iranian FRiend

    12/20/2005 10:49:00 PM PST · by Khashayar · 155 replies · 15,020+ views
    various | 12/21/05 | Self
    People (both muslims and christians) are getting ready for a happy new year and Christmas! Although we (Persians) have our own solar year delivery (Norouz) on march 21st every year, most people also celebrate Christmas though Merry Christmas to every one from Iran
  • 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 Irans Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei said the jihad against Israel must continue and be strengthened, Irans 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. Irans official policy is to call for the annihilation of the Jewish state. The countrys 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 Departments 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...
  • 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 - Irans 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 Irans 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 Irans 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 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. Irans 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....
  • 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...