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Friday, July 28, 2006The bigots at workHezbollah conscience and Hamas's political pragmatism should take lessons from 1948, 1967 and 1973. All wars have only helped in making Israel a bigger and stronger nation and left them to live in squalid conditions. Palestinians and Lebanese do not deserve it. And what does Iran have to do with it? Iran is only using the Palestinians and the Shiites in Southern Lebanon for harboring their own agenda in the Persian Gulf.
God's Army Has Plans to Run the Whole Middle EastWednesday, July 26, 2006 ‘You are the sun of Islam, shining on the universe!” This is how Muhammad Khatami, the mullah who was president of Iran until last year, described Hezbollah last week. It would be no exaggeration to describe Hezbollah — the Lebanese Shi’ite militia — as Tehran’s regional trump card. Each time Tehran has played it, it has won. As war rages between Israel and Hezbollah in Lebanon, Tehran policymakers think that this time, too, they can win.
Journalist Speaks Out Against “One Man Rule” in Islamic RepublicMonday, July 24, 2006 In one of the strongest attack on the system of the Islamic Republic of Iran, an influential Iranian journalist said the problems the nation face have their roots in the “centralization of all powers in one hand”, a direct reference to the leader of he regime, Ayatollah Ali Khameneh’i.
Hezbollah or Israel, "Doomsday" For Which One?Friday, July 21, 2006 With the Israeli military operations against the Lebanese organization Hezbollah in its second week, most analysts, including Iranians, have reached the conclusion that not only it was Tehran that orchestrated the present Israeli-Lebanese conflict, but also inadvertently and unwillingly gas brought its end”.
Playing The Israel CardWednesday, July 19, 2006 ”When nothing else works, there is always Israel!" This is how the late Egyptian journalist Lutfi al-Khuli liked to describe the motto of Arab radicalism decades ago. The analysis was apt because the Arab obsession with Israel did work on countless occasions.
“We Want Freedom And Democracy Replacing Authoritarism”, Akbar GanjiSunday, July 16, 2006 Iran’s leading dissident Akbar Ganji continued his symbolic hunger strike in front of the United Nations head quarters in New York on Sunday, with a strong pledge to replace the present Iranian “authoritarian” theocracy with a “democratic and free regime”.
Hunger Strike Actions For Human Rights in IranThursday, July 13, 2006 As hundreds of thousands of Iranians are preparing for a three day hunger strike to protest the deteriorations of human rights situation and conditions in the Islamic Republic of in Iran, Mr. Akbar Ganji, Iran's most famous opposition figure, is due to arrive in New York on Saturday to lead a hunger strike in front of the United Nations.
Iran: Resurgence Of Religio-Political Society Raises ConcernsTuesday, July 11, 2006 The recent announcement by a former Iranian vice president of the arrest of members of a banned and clandestine religio-political group probably caught many observers by surprise. The secretive Hojjatieh Society is unlikely to have many remaining members. And allegations in the past five years of Hojjatieh activism have generally appeared in connection with political disputes or to explain sectarian strife. But statements by President Mahmoud Ahmadi Nezhad, who reportedly is inclined toward Shi'ite millennialism, have contributed to speculation that the Hojjatieh Society is making a comeback. Could that include a run for Iran's supreme leadership?
Iran: Tentative Moves toward a Broad Anti-Regime PlatformSaturday, July 8, 2006 Since the election of President Mahmoud Ahmadi Nezhad last summer, efforts have been made to bring together opponents of the Islamic republic with a plan for action on specific issues. It now seems that those efforts have met with some success, enabling the opposition to coordinate tactics against the Ahamdi Nezhad administration.
“Israel Must Be Removed”Says Iran’s PresidentSaturday, July 8, 2006 In one of his yet strongest strident, Iran’s fundamentalist President Mahmoud Ahmadi Nezhad again repeated that Israel must be “removed” from the region and called on all Arab and Muslim nations to help “isolating” the artificial product of Islam’s enemies”.
Iranian Intelligence Ministry Warns Against “Velvet Revolution”Wednesday, July 5, 2006 For the first time, Iranian authorities acknowledged the existence of new type of revolutions, colourful and non violent, as the “orange” or “velvet” revolutions that occurred in Kiev or Bishkek.
Iran Enters The Liberalism EraMonday, July 3, 2006 In a move that surprised most Iranian and foreign experts, the Iranian Leader Ayatollah Ali Khameneh’i ordered the government of fundamentalist, anti-western Mahmoud Ahmadi Nezjad to cede 80 percent of the shares of major state-owned enterprises to the private sector, the cooperatives and the people.
Iran, US In New Cultural BattleSunday, July 2, 2006 Iran and the United States are engaged in a new confrontation, this time on cultural and juristical level, as Tehran has threatened to retaliate if Washington moves to auction off invaluable ancient Persian artefacts to compensate victims of a Hamas bombing in Israel.