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Friday, April 28, 2006Rivalries Heat Up Among Iran's ConservativesAs the United Nations Security Council is expected to decide over Iran’s controversial nuclear issue, a senior political analyst at the United States-sponsored Radio Free Europe-Radio Liberty says “an intense rivalry among Iran's conservative parties is being overshadowed by the nuclear issue, as well as by global concerns over the country's support for terrorism and its interference in other countries' affairs”.
The Madness of Bombing IranWednesday, April 26, 2006 There is no doubt that Western opinion is being softened up for a US or Israeli strike against the Iranian centrifuges at Natanz. “Can anyone within range of Iran’s missiles feel safe?”, screams a full-page advertisement in the International Herald Tribune, displaying a map of the Eurasian land mass with Iran at its centre.
Khameneh'i Enters the Iran-American War of IntimidationWednesday, April 26, 2006 The Iran-America war of verbal menaces and intimidation escalated to new heights on Wednesday after Iranian leader Ayatollah Ali Khameneh’i warned that America would “receive twice for each blow to Iran”.
Choice is in Hands of the Iranian GovernmentTuesday, April 25, 2006 As Iran threatened for the first time to take all its nuclear works underground if attacked, the French Foreign Affairs minister once again called on Iran to resume talks and foster confidence with the international community about its nuclear ambitions.
Why The Islamic Republic Wants Nuclear Arms?Sunday, April 23, 2006 "Unhelpful": So British Foreign Secretary Jack Straw described Iran's announcement that it has now joined the “nuclear club." Straw's French and German colleagues did no better. One saw Iran's provocative move as "regrettable the other preferred "disappointing." The European trio was echoing earlier comments from Washington that had chosen "unacceptable."
Iran To Start Crackdown on Women’s “Bad Islamic Behaviour”Saturday, April 22, 2006 Iran will increase police patrols to enforce women's skirt lengths, proper head scarves and even curtail dog-walking during the summer.
The Spectre Of A Divided IranFriday, April 21, 2006 As the war of words between the Islamic Republic of Iran and the west intensifies, the Iranian community feels unease over the likelihood of military action against Iran and its consequences.
Student Group Calls For Suspension Of Nuclear ActivitiesThursday, April 20, 2006 Iran's largest pro-reform student group, the Office To Consolidate Unity (OCU or Daftare Tahkime Vahdat), has expressed concern over Iran's political behavior in the crisis over its nuclear program and is calling for "a temporary suspension of all nuclear activities." The student group says in its statement that the tough line of Iranian officials in its nuclear dealings has put the country and the Iranian nation “in a dangerous position”.
Premature CelebrationsWednesday, April 19, 2006 Obviously nobody told Ahmadinejad that with becoming a nuclear country also comes enormous responsibilities.
Six Simple Propositions... to Solve the Iranian Nuclear CrisisMonday, April 17, 2006 No one can say with confidence what the Iranian leaders have in mind. Do they have ambitions to enrich weapons grade uranium or are they simply looking for a long-term plan for their energy needs? No one should or could accept the Iranian leaders’ assertions that they have no intention of developing a nuclear arsenal. No one should or could believe the Bush administration’s promises that it will pursue a peaceful and diplomatic solution to the current crisis, much of which is manufactured by the neo-conservative war machine.
The Disintegration of Iran and the USSunday, April 16, 2006 Some political activists and opponents of the Islamic Republic of Iran do not hide their fears that the United States may embark on a policy to disintegrate Iran. They suspect that the US intends to separate the oil rich province of Khouzestan from Iran and establish a small government in that region in its drive to control Middle-East oil. But is this fear realistic, or just part of the imagination of some Iranians?
When Is The Next ”Good News” Due?Friday, April 14, 2006 The announcement by the Iranian government that they have succeeded in producing the fuel-grade enrichment of uranium has taken the western world by surprise. This at the time that the UN Security Council had demanded a complete halt to enrichment program was particularly provocative.Â The Islamic Republic has declared, in the words of President Mahmood Ahmadinejad when it gave the “good news” to the nation on Tuesday 11th April 2006, that it had joined the “nuclear club” and that no power can stop it continuing on this path. Now, the question that everybody wants to know is: how long before the Iranian regime acquires the nuclear bomb?
Iran Might Have Enriched Uranium To 3.5 Per Cent (URGENT)Monday, April 10, 2006 Iranian nuclear scientists might have enriched uranium up to 3.5 per cent, a level good enough for fueling nuclear reactors but specially meaning that the country has mastered the full nuclear cycle, a process the United States and Israel were determined to deny it to the Iranians.
Ahmadi Nezhad Promised Iranians “A Very Happy News” By TomorrowMonday, April 10, 2006 Tomorrow night, God willing and thanks to imam Reza, a news would reach the Iranian people making everybody happy”, Iran’s mystical President Mahmoud Ahmadi Nezhad promised on Monday.
Iran's Naval Doctrine Stresses 'Area Denial'Sunday, April 9, 2006 Iran's testing of the new Fajr-3 missile, torpedoes, and other types of hardware during March 31-April 6 war games has overshadowed the exercises themselves. But the maneuvers, which are taking place in the Persian Gulf, the Straits of Hormuz, and the Sea of Oman, are significant because they highlight the role of naval power in Iran's military doctrine.
The US Wants to Reach to the Iranian People. But Whom Would They Talk To?Friday, April 7, 2006 Sa’di, the well-known 14th-century Persian poet and moralist, narrates the story of a benefactor who made a wish and vowed to donate 400 derhams to the ascetics if it came true. When his wish was fulfilled, he sent a servant to town with a pouch full of money and asked him to distribute them amongst the ascetics. In the evening, the servant returned with the money untouched. “Why didn’t you give away the money?” the benefactor asked. “Sir, those who were ascetics refused the offer”, the servant replied, “and those who were willing to accept the offer were not ascetics”.
U.S. Talks Unlikely to End Tehran's “Soft Power” in IraqThursday, April 6, 2006 The much-heralded Iran-U.S. talks on Iraq, to which Tehran agreed in mid-March, may result in an end to direct Iranian involvement in Iraqi affairs. But even if Iran ends its use of direct means -- such as the provision of arms and money to militias -- its use of indirect means, or "soft power," to influence Iraqi affairs seems likely to continue.
Iranian Newspaper Denounces Russia And China’s “Blackmailing”Monday, April 3, 2006 In the first reaction to the decision of the United Nations Security Council, a hard line Iranian newspaper strongly attacked the stand taken by Russia and China and at the same time opposed Iran’s acceptance of American invitation of talks on Iraq.