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ISLAMIC KIDNAPPERS GIVE FRANCE ANOTHER 24 HOURS FOR JOURNALISTSMonday, August 30, 2004 In a dramatic appeal to their government, the two French journalists kidnapped ten days ago in Iraq demanded in a video to heed their captors' demand and rescind a ban on Muslim headscarves in schools or else they might be killed soon.
ALLEGED ISRAELI SPY IN PENTAGON WAS IN CONTACT WITH IRANIAN “FIXER”Saturday, August 28, 2004 The man FBI suspects as having spied for Israel has met Manouchehr Qorbanifar, an Iranian arms dealer involved in the Iran-Contra deal scandal of the 1980s.
EXECUTION OF 16 YEARS OLD GIRL OUTRAGES PUBLIC OPINIONFriday, August 27, 2004 Iranians and international community expressed outrage at reported execution of the 16-year-old Ateqeh Rajabi on vague charges of un-Islamic behaviour.
ARAFAT, FROM ZENITH TO INFERNOWednesday, August 25, 2004 In his last intervention at the Palestinian Legislative Council, or parliament, Yaser Arafat, the 75 years old Chairman of the Palestinian Authority “admitted” to wide spread “corruption” and “mistakes” in his Administration and promised he would take measure to wipe out abuse of power.
IRAN DEFEATED REFORMISTS ARE DIVIDED OVER WHAT TO DO NEXTSunday, August 22, 2004 Iran's reformers are in crisis. The organizational framework for the reformist movement, the Second of Khordad Front, is considered by many Iranians to be passive, ideologically divided, and far too accommodating to the Islamic Republic's authoritarian establishment. The front has decreased its public demonstrations and its platform for an Islamic democratic state is purposefully vague. With its declining fate may disappear the last chance for non-violent reform from within Iran.
IS IRAN SERIOUS ABOUT HITTING ISRAEL?Saturday, August 21, 2004 As the war of words escalate between the Islamic Republic and the Jewish State, with both sides menacing each other with their latest weapons, including Shahab-3 missiles for Iran and Arrow for Israel, some Arab commentators wonder whether Tehran is serious in its menaces against Israel.
IRANIAN THREATS MUST BE TAKEN SERIOUSLY, ANALYSTS SAYSThursday, August 19, 2004 Iranian analysts on Thursday 19 August 2004 expressed "serious concern" about Iranian Defence Minister's latest declaration warning that Iran might launch a pre-emptive strike against the United States or Israel to prevent an attack on its nuclear facilities.
IRANIANS DIVIDED ON MIRESMA’ILI’S REFUSAL TO MEET ISRAELI JUDOKAMonday, August 16, 2004 As Olympic judo officials say they need more evidence before any action can be taken against Iran for an apparent political boycott of a bout with an Israeli, many Iranians and sports commentators regretted that Mr. Arash Miresma’ili refused to fight his Israeli competitor over “sympathy with the Palestinian people”.
ARMED IRAQI ISLAMIST GROUP ORDERS IRAN TO FREE IRAQI POW’SSunday, August 15, 2004 The Islamic Republic regarded as “suspicious” a menace by the Islamic Army of Iraq, threatening Sunday 15 August 2004 to “punish” and Iranian diplomat it kidnapped last week.
IRAN’S NEO-CONSERVATIVES POISED TO TAKE CHARGE OF POLITICAL AGENDASaturday, August 14, 2004 In response to deepening domestic and social challenges, a neo-conservative movement is fast gaining influence in Iran, and now appears poised to take charge of shaping the country’s political agenda.
WHY NOT A KURDISH-ISRAELI ALLIANCE?Wednesday, August 11, 2004 In a recent interview with an Arabic daily, Mr. Mas’oud Barzani, the leader of the Democratic Party of (Iraqi) Kurdistan said if the Kurds decided to open diplomatic relations with Israel, they would do it “on the open and announce it officially”.
IRANIAN JOURNALISTS ARRESTED IN BAGHDADWednesday, August 11, 2004 As relations between Iran and Iraq continue to degrade, the official Iranian news agency IRNA confirmed on Wednesday 11 August that the Iraqi police had arrested its bureau chief in Baghdad and three Iraqi journalists.
IRAN TEST FIRED NEW VERSION OF SHAHAB 3 MISSILEWednesday, August 11, 2004 As expected, Iran confirmed on Wednesday 11 August 2004 the test firing of its Shahab-3 missile.
IRAN SAID IS UPDATING NUCLEAR DEFENCE AND MISSILESSaturday, August 7, 2004 Iran revealed on Saturday 7 of August 2004 that it has a “deterrent nuclear defence” program and is improving it along its delivery system based on the Shahab-3 missile system.
KHATAMI’S VISIT TO BAKU WOULD SOLVE NO MAJOR OUTSTANDING DISPUTESThursday, August 5, 2004 Iran and the Republic of Azerbaijan signed on Thursday ten agreements and protocols aiming at improving and increasing trade between the tow neighbouring, Shi’a dominated nations.
AUTHORITIES STEP UP REPERESSION AGAINST THE POPULATIONMonday, August 2, 2004 The Islamic Republic had dramatically increased the level of social repressions, mostly against women and the youngsters following the control of the Majles, according to press and eyewitnesses reports.