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Tuesday, February 27, 2007Will Surge Hurt US More Than Sanctions Hurt Iran?
Washington is almost euphoric about the perceived effectiveness of its recent financial sanctions on Iran. This has convinced the Bush Administration that Iran can be forced to give up its enrichment program if sanctions are extended and intensified. But there is little evidence to support that the internal battles in Iran have anything to do with the sanctions. Moreover, even if the sanctions are effective in hurting Iran, the effect of the sanctions must be measured against Washington’s deteriorating position in Iraq, particularly if the surge proves to be a failure.
Saudi Arabia: House of shameMonday, February 26, 2007 Treatment of religious minorities in Saudi Arabia is a shame to all Muslims
UN Sanctions To Affect Bushehr Plant, Cost Might Rise To US 3 Billion: IRNATuesday, February 20, 2007 n an article critical to the Russian firm in charge of the construction of Iran’s first nuclear-powered electricity plant, the Iranian official news agency IRNA indirectly blames the Russians for “repeated delays” and hints that possibly, the whole of the project could be stopped because of the sanctions decided by the United Nations Security Council against Iran.
Iran - Ready to AttackSunday, February 18, 2007 American military operations for a major conventional war with Iran could be implemented any day. They extend far beyond targeting suspect WMD facilities and will enable President Bush to destroy Iran's military, political and economic infrastructure overnight using conventional weapons.
Smart SanctionsFriday, February 16, 2007 Needless to mention, a free and democratic Iran needs rapid development and advanced technology, including nuclear technology. Nevertheless, the Islamic Republic of Iran (IRI) stubbornly needs this technology for the bomb, and maybe, under appropriate form, to put it in the hands of its Islamist terrorists. Who knows, maybe one day, the brutal IRI regime, in order to defend its “divine” lif, would use atom against our “profane” people.
Ali Akbar Velayati, Advisor To The Leader: “Everything is negotiable”Wednesday, February 14, 2007 Special Advisor to Ayatollah Ali Khameneh’i, the leader of the Islamic Republic of Iran, who as the last word on every major issue, Dr. Ali Akbar Velayati can be considered as the de facto spokesman for the leader. Foreign Affairs minister of the regime for 17 years, he granted an exceptional interview to Bernard Guetta, the special correspondent of the Italian daily “La Republica”, which was also carried out by the French leftist daily “Liberation” and other publications.
Office Of Mohammad Khatami RaidedTuesday, February 13, 2007 The office of former reformist president of Iran Hojjatoleslam Mohammad Khatami has been “raided” overnight by unidentified people who have taken away all the computers, documents, fax machines and other equipments at the “Baran” and the International Centre for Dialogue among Cultures and Civilisations, it was reported on Monday 12 February 2007
Iran Again Double SpeaksSunday, February 11, 2007 Once again, Iranian clerical leaders resorted to their old “double speak” tactics dear to George Orwell, presenting two versions for one single speech, that of Mr. Ali Larijani at the international security meeting of Munich.
Iran’s Ahmadi Nezhad Crackdown OpponentsThursday, February 8, 2007 Growingly unpopular at home and pressed and isolated internationally, the government of the fanatical Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadi Nezhad is increasing pressures and crackdown on Iranian political dissidents.
Between State And RevolutionMonday, February 5, 2007 "Mizanan, ya na?" (Will they hit or not?) In Tehran these days, this question is the talk of the town. The "they" is seldom spelled out. Yet everyone knows that it refers to the United States. The question is wreaking havoc on Iran's fragile economy by fomenting an atmosphere of uncertainty even before the sanctions imposed by the U.N. Security Council start to bite. Many in Tehran expect the Security Council to decree even tougher sanctions in March when the ultimatum for the Islamic Republic to halt its uranium enrichment program will end.