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Saturday, December 31, 2005Is Washington Planning a Military Strike?Recent reports in the German media suggest that the United States may be preparing its allies for an imminent military strike against facilities that are part of Iran's suspected clandestine nuclear weapons program, according to the Spiegel Online, operated by the influential German weekly Der Spiegel
“They Are Closing God’s Space To Us”, Lamented Former SpeakerWednesday, December 28, 2005 Hojjatoleslam Mehdi Karroubi, a “pillar” of the Islamic Revolution has decided to sue Mr. Ali Larijani, the new Secretary of Iran’s Supreme Council of National Security (SCNS) for having banned the “Saba Television” from activities in Iran, opening a new challenge to the new islamo-populist President Mahmoud Ahmadi Nezhad.
The Houshang Pourshariati Award established by MESASaturday, December 24, 2005 The Middle East Studies Association of North America (MESA), the most prestigious association of universities, faculty and researchers involved in Middle Eastern Studies in the United States, added a new award to its list, the “Houshang Pourshariati Book Award in Iranian Studies”.
Leaders of Tehran Bus Company Arrested, The Union DissolvedSaturday, December 24, 2005 In its first major social challenge and in continuation of the crackdown of all freedoms in Iran, the new Government under the Islamo-populist President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad has arrested at least 14 members of the Single Bus Company of Tehran and Suburbs (SBCTS), informed sources reported on Saturday.
Iran, EU3 To Continue Nuclear TalksThursday, December 22, 2005 “The talks are about talks”, had said a European diplomat before the start of a new round of nuclear negotiations between Iran and the so-called EU3, namely Britain, France and Germany in the Austrian capital on 21 December 2005. “The talks are not about talks”, had said almost at the same time in Tehran the Iranian Foreign Affairs Minister Manouchehr Mottaki.
Ministers of Murder: Iran’s New Security CabinetFriday, December 16, 2005 As the Islamic Republic is increasingly isolated on the international scene over the indignations provoked by outrageous anti-Semite statements from President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, a human rights organization implicated Iran’s new Minister of Interior for “grave human rights violations”.
HUMAN RIGHTS ACTIVIST NOT ALLOWED TO ATTEND AWARD CEREMONYWednesday, December 14, 2005 In line with press crackdown, authorities in the Islamic Republic prevented dissident journalist and human rights campaigner Emadeddin Baqi to travel to France where he had been awarded the French 2005 Prize of Human Rights.
WHO IS AHMADINEJAD AND WHAT HE IS UP TO?Monday, December 12, 2005 “…. He is viscerally anti Jew, anti West…This is rooted in his education, his fascination for Hasan al Bana, Gamal Abdol Naser and third worldism, the founder of the Muslim Brotherhood, the late Egyptian leader and the movement that once was the flag ship of developing nations… and above all his total and fanatic belief in Shi’a doctrine”.
EU MUST INVOLVE GCC IN RESOLVING IRAN NUCLEAR CRISISTuesday, December 6, 2005 IRRESPECTIVE of what action the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) and the UN Security Council take over Iran's nuclear programme in the next few months, the need to intensify international efforts to clear the air about Tehran's plan is crucial for the future of the Gulf region. The deadlock in the negotiations between Iran and the European Union-3, in consultations with the US, throws up a "damned if you do; damned if you don't" scenario for the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) countries.
IRAN: PREPARING FOR THE NEXT BIG VOTESunday, December 4, 2005 It might seem early to think about the next election in Iran, since the presidential race, which ended in the upset victory of Mahmud Ahmadinejad, took place just six months ago... Nonetheless, political observers in Iran began discussing the next election -- for the Assembly of Experts, currently expected to take place in October 2006 -- as early as July.