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  • 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...
  • Tancredo tour sows national seeds

    08/04/2005 4:04:16 PM PDT · by 4.1O dana super trac pak · 55 replies · 860+ views
    Rocky Mountain News ^ | 8/4/2005 | M.E. Sprengelmeyer
    CHARLESTON, S.C. - Rep. Tom Tancredo is trying to become the Johnny Appleseed of the immigration reform movement. State to state, small town to small town, he's spreading the seeds for a national grass-roots movement. The question is whether he can make it grow beyond a core of die-hard local activists so that immigration issues - and maybe Tancredo himself - become serious factors in the 2008 presidential contest. With that in mind, the Littleton Republican on Wednesday wrapped up a two-day tour around the suburbs of Charleston, S.C. Tancredo got plenty of local media attention for the trip, which...
  • 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....
  • 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...
  • Iranian Alert - July 25, 2005 - Havel Joins Bush, Sharansky in Plea for Ganji's Life

    07/25/2005 6:59:44 PM PDT · by DoctorZIn · 7 replies · 1,052+ views
    Regime Change Iran ^ | 7.25.2005 | DoctorZin
    Top News Story Havel Joins Bush, Sharansky in Plea for Ganji's Life BY ELI LAKE - Staff Reporter of the Sun July 25, 2005 URL: http://www.nysun.com/article/17463 WASHINGTON - A new letter from Iranian dissident journalist Akbar Ganji, authenticated yesterday by his wife, predicts that if he dies, his death will "water the harvest of freedom."Also, a former Czech president, Vaclav Havel, has joined President Bush; a former Soviet dissident, Natan Sharansky, and European Union leaders in calling for Mr. Ganji's unconditional release from prison by the Islamic Republic. This newspaper has called Mr. Ganji, who has become a symbol...
  • Iranian Alert - July 24, 2005 - Widespread Arrests and Massacre in Kurdish Mahabad

    07/24/2005 10:30:00 PM PDT · by freedom44 · 20 replies · 1,451+ views
    Regime Change Iran ^ | 7/24/05 | freedom44
    Top News Story Alliance of Iranian Students For the past eight days, the city of Mahabad, dominated by Kurdish ethnic groups, was the scene of bloody clashes between defiant freedom-demanding demonstrators and the Islamic Security Forces. Martial Law has been virtually declared in this city. Hundreds of young residents have been arrested and many have been tortured. Today, 23 July two severely wounded youth have been transferred to the public hospital where they are under intense care. Much of the public have closed businesses and gathered in protest in front of the city's prison. Last week in the city...
  • Iranian Alert - July 23, 2005 - The Washington Post ignores Al Qaeda Leaders Iran connection

    07/24/2005 4:25:31 PM PDT · by DoctorZIn · 13 replies · 1,937+ views
    Regime Change Iran ^ | 7.23.2005 | DoctorZin
    Top News Story The Washington Post ignores Al Qaeda Leaders Iran connection An Excerpt: Craig Whitlock, Washington Post: Experts Say Radicals In London, Egypt May Have Followed OrdersThe back-to-back nature of the deadly attacks in Egypt and London, as well as similarities in the methods used, suggests that the al Qaeda leadership may have given the orders for both operations and is a clear sign that Osama bin Laden and his deputies remain in control of the network, according to interviews with counterterrorism analysts and government officials in Europe and the Middle East. READ MORE DoctorZin:The Washington Post fails...
  • Iranian Alert - July 22, 2005 - Martial Law Declared in Mahabad Iran, Tension High

    07/22/2005 11:40:00 PM PDT · by DoctorZIn · 18 replies · 1,695+ views
    Regime Change Iran ^ | 7.22.2005 | DoctorZin
    Top News Story Martial law declared in Mahabad, tension is striking high KURDISTAN, July 22 (DozaMe.org) - 13 days after the killing of Shivane Qadri, demonstrations are raging on in the city of Mahabad in eastern Kurdistan (northwestern Iran). Two more Iranian soldiers have been reported killed by demonstrators. The Iranian government has now declared martial law and curfew in the Kurdish city. Demonstrators who defy the curfew are still protesting on the streets. A clash on July 18 between Kurdish demonstrators and Iranian soldiers has left two soldiers killed. For the first time after 10 years, the Iranian...
  • Iranian Alert - July 21, 2005 - Iran Is Considering Pardon for Ganji

    07/22/2005 5:17:43 AM PDT · by DoctorZIn · 8 replies · 1,391+ views
    Regime Change Iran ^ | 7.21.2005 | DoctorZin
    Top News Story Iran Is Considering Pardon for Ganji BY ELI LAKE - Staff Reporter of the Sun July 21, 2005 WASHINGTON - Dissident Iranian journalist Akbar Ganji may be pardoned for the remaining six months of his jail sentence, Iran's judiciary chief, Ayatollah Mahmoud Hashemi Shahrudi, said.A pardon for Mr. Ganji would prove the efficacy of an international campaign in recent weeks demanding his unconditional release from prison. President Bush, E.U. leaders, and an Israeli politician and a former Russian political prisoner, Natan Sharansky, have called for the hunger-striker's unconditional release, as have human rights organizations and Western...
  • Iranian Alert - July 20, 2005 - Family visits jailed Iranian Ganji in hospital

    07/20/2005 11:20:22 PM PDT · by DoctorZIn · 9 replies · 940+ views
    Regime Change Iran ^ | 7.20.2005 | DoctorZin
    Top News Story Family visits jailed Iranian Ganji in hospitalIranMania: A member of the committee following up the condition of Akbar Ganji said Ganji’s family visited him at Milad Hospital. Issa Saharkhiz also told IRNA: “After the original ban was lifted, Ganji’s family managed to visit him at the hospital at 22:30 on Monday.“ ... Saharkhiz noted that on Sunday night Ganji was in critical condition and he was transferred to Milad Hospital from Evin Prison. “When Ganji’s family visited him, he was being fed intravenously,“ he said. READ MOREPlus two other important updates: Releaseganji.net published an interview with...