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Thursday, December 27, 2007Appeasement Yesterday and Appeasement TodayUntil a few days ago, Iran's nuclear ambitions appeared destined to become the hottest issue in the current American presidential campaign. A consensus, cutting across partisan divides, appeared to be taking shape that the Islamic Republic should be confronted forcefully, contained, and in time, forced to scale down its ambitions.
Justice under the Islamic Republic of IranMonday, December 24, 2007
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Republic of Iranrrespond to the necessities of our time. The penal system of the Islamic Republic of Iran is not in compliance with our society’s expectations. Our Iranian norms of morality and Islamic jurisdiction cannot complement each other. To describe how this system was mechanically imposed on our society, we must go back to the first years after the Islamic revolution of 1979 in Iran to see how the IRI steadily developed an ever greater repression with a growth in the number of executions and increasing violence throughout the country.
Mohammad Ali Abtahi Has Much To Say In His BlogTuesday, December 18, 2007 This smiling and friendly cleric is a personality in Iran. Deputy President under Mohammad Khatami (1997-2005) and a convinced reformist, Mohammad Ali Abtahi (Mash-had in 1959) is a pioneer of Iranian bloggers. It is now four year, when the first electronic spots had started with difficulty to invade the world, he irrupted in the web with a surprising “The one who writes is Mohammad Ali Abtahi, not the Deputy President of Iran (webneveshteha.com). Nevertheless, not only he was a member of the Government, but also a hojjatoleslam, a rank one degree bellows that of ayatollah. Many did not like his idea.
Khatami Attacks Hard Liners On All FrontsThursday, December 13, 2007 As the authorities stepped up crackdowns on students and political dissidents, a former popular president entered the ring and single handedly, attacked the hard liners, both civilians and clerics, on all fronts.
Iranian "Mothers For Peace" Protest To AhmadinejadSaturday, December 8, 2007 In a move to demonstrate their, and the nation’s preoccupation from the antagonistic attitude of the Iranian Government with the international community, more than 600 Iranian women told the clerical-led authorities that they would not support the regime’s nuclear ambitions if war is the price to pay for it.
Ahmadinejad is Sentencing Himself and his Gang to DeathMonday, December 3, 2007 The situation of the fanatic Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, after taking on board one of Iran’s most hated men to salvage him in the crucial case of Mr. Hoseyn Moussavian, a former nuclear negotiator accused of espionage, is like a man who is drowning and try to hang on anything in order to save his life, even to a shark.
Arabs to Iran: Don’t Interfere With Our AffairsTuesday, November 27, 2007 A Persian proverb says: “A man was not allowed enter a village, he was insisting to go to the house of the mayor”. This is exactly the attitude of the Islamic Republic of Iran with the Arab-Israeli conflict.
Pragmatists Won Round One Against Hard LinersSaturday, November 24, 2007 The verbal confrontation between the hard liners and the so-called “pragmatists” wings of the Iranian theocratic establishment reached last week un unprecedented level, after the fanatic President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, the officials and the press that backs him, redoubled attacks on Ayatollah Ali Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani, the Speaker of the Assembly of Experts and the virtual number two man of the regime and his close supporters.
Iran And Venezuela, An Odd Marriage That Would Not Last LongThursday, November 22, 2007 The problem with uneducated, ignorant, populist leaders like Hugo Chavez of Venezuela or Mahmoud Ahmadinejad of Iran is that not only they use words which they ignore the true meaning, but also, thinking they are more intelligent than other mortal human beings, they do not need to open a dictionary and look for the signification of the idioms they use.
Israel Must Talk To IranMonday, November 19, 2007
A Persian proverb says: “A Wiseman knows that everything in this world has a limit, the Wiseman must discern the limits to obtain results, for he knows exacerbating and abusing the limits would lend him the reverse he is seeking”.
The Dangers Of Ahmadinejad’s NarcissismSaturday, November 17, 2007 In a recent speech, the fanatic Iranian President Mahmoud Ahamadinejad called his critics “goat”.
Ahmadinejad’s rhetoric reminds to Iranians a language proper to a thuggish member of the Revolutionary Guards Corps or that of a masked bouncer of Morality Police while beating and belittling people.
Iranian Elite Do Not Recognize AhmadinejadThursday, November 15, 2007 “Mr. Mahmoud Ahmadinejad would be the sole and only man responsible for any harm his un-political language might inflict on Iran”, warned Mr. Masha’allah Shamsolva’ezin, one of Iran’s most influential and prolific journalists.
“The 5+1 Has Accepted 3.000 Centrifuges for Iran”, AhmadinejadWednesday, November 7, 2007 The United States has sent a message to Iran, saying they are ready for talks in case Iran “stops its nuclear activities at 3.000 centrifuges“, the fanatic Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad revealed Wednesday.
The Iranian ChallengeTuesday, November 6, 2007 Iran will be the top foreign policy challenge for the United States in the coming years. Washington’s failure to understand Iran is partly because it for a long time could afford to ignore that country – and adopt self-serving and ultimately false assumptions about Tehran.
Iran to tell Russia it Accepts Putin’s ProposalsWednesday, October 31, 2007 Iran has informed Russia that it is ready to “consider” the proposals Russian President Vladimir Putin offered during his “historic” meeting with the Iranian leader Ayatollah Ali Khameneh’i on 16 October, well informed sources told Iran Press Service, referring to the surprise visit to Tehran of Russian Foreign Affairs Minister Serguei Lavrov.
"Hear The Voice of Reason", Shirin Ebadi tells Iranians and AmericansSunday, October 28, 2007 As Washington announced last week new economic sanctions against Iran, including three banks and most importantly, the Corps of the Revolutionary Guards, Mrs. Shirin Ebbadi, an outspoken lawyer and winner of the 2003 Nobel Peace Prize expressed concern at American war mongering.
Oil Sanctions on IranThursday, October 25, 2007 As the United States announced Thursday new sanctions against three Iranian banks and also on the mighty and powerful Revolutionary Guards, Mr. Jahanshah Rashidian, an Iranian political activist and commentator suggested the international community considering boycotting Iranian oil, the biggest source of income of the Iranian theocracy.
Khamenei's Poison Gift To Ahmadinejad: The Nuclear CrisisMonday, October 22, 2007 “Differences between Mr. Larijani and Mr. Ahmadinejad had reached such a point that the two men could possibly no more working with each other”, one of Iran’s senior lawmaker disclosed Sunday, shedding some lights on --some of the reasons -- the top Iranian nuclear negotiator resigned.
The Revenge Of Ahmadinejad. But Until When?Sunday, October 21, 2007 In a dramatic upheaval in Tehran, Mr. Ali Larijani resigned on Saturday 20 October 2007 from his important post of Secretary of the Supreme Council for National Security (SCNS) and was immediately replaced by Mr. Sa’id Jalili, a Foreign Affairs Deputy in charge of American and European affairs.
Iran: Amnesty International Condemns New Wave of ExecutionsFriday, October 19, 2007 Amnesty International on Thursday 18 October expressed “alarm| at the new wave of executions in Iran and said that it has already recorded almost 250 executions since the beginning of 2007, although the true total of those put to death could be significantly higher.
Iran's Leader to "Consider" Russian President's "Win Win" OfferWednesday, October 17, 2007 As predicted by this news service, it seems that Russian President Vladimir Putin has scored a major diplomatic achievement by convincing Iranian leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenehi to show flexibility on Iranian controversial nuclear crisis.
Putin’s High-Risk Mission In Tehran Is A Make It Or Break ItTuesday, October 16, 2007 Russian President Vladimir Putin is to arrive in Tehran on Tuesday 16 October for what political analysts believe would be his most important, perilous, high-risk trips ever made during the whole of his presidency, one that can be a demonstration of his diplomatic skills in brinkmanship, or a very sad ending to an otherwise successful leadership.
Human Rights Activist Emadeddin Baqi is Jailed AgainSunday, October 14, 2007 Iranian Islamic Justice on Sunday arrested one of the most prominent Iranian human rights campaigner and former influential journalist and investigative author on charges of “propaganda against the Islamic Republic and to the benefit of foreigners”.
The Mastermind Of Mykonos Massacre To Be FreedFriday, October 12, 2007 To the dismay and anger of the families of the victims, a German court has decided to free an Iranian charged 11 years ago for the assassination of four Iranians in a Berlin restaurant, including the then General Secretary of the Democratic Party of Iranian Kurdistan (DPIK), two other members of the same Organisation and an opponent to the Islamic Republic.
"Don’t Add To Our Enemies", Rohani Tells AhmadinejadFriday, October 12, 2007 In one of the strongest attacks on the domestic and foreign policies of the Iranian fanatic President, one of Iran’s influential personalities accused Wednesday Mr. Mahmoud Ahmadinejad of having increased threats menacing the Islamic Republic faces.
Would Dick Cheney Extend The Life of the Iranian Theocracy?Wednesday, October 10, 2007 Mr. Mahmoud Ahmadinejad responded politely to an otherwise impolite president of the Columbia University of New York who, receiving the fanatic Iranian President on 25 September at the University’s World Leaders Forum, introduced him to the audience as a “petty, but brutal, uneducated dictator”.
Does the Islamic Republic Have a Foreign Policy?Tuesday, October 9, 2007 Judging by the way the clerical leaders of the Islamic Republic of Iran conducts what they call it foreign policy”, many Iranian and foreign analysts and experts asks whether this country has anything approaching what in international language is called diplomacy?
POLITICS-IRAN: Islamist, Socialist Revolutions Don't MixFriday, October 5, 2007 An attempt to rope in the son and daughter of the Argentine revolutionary Ernesto Che Guevara to forge a parallel between Iran’s Islamist revolution and the socialist revolution in Latin America through a four-day conference has ended in fiasco.
Americans Made Ahmadinejad A Victim, Strengthen Him At HomeFriday, September 28, 2007 The “performances” of the fanatic Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad in New York during past days was the topics of the press around the world, mostly thanks to the surprising treatment of the Iranian President at the Columbia University in the one hand and the kicks he got from the American pro-Israeli-Jewish press and community on the other.
Iran's Plan for IraqSaturday, September 22, 2007 In March 2003, the United States made a strategic decision to send troops into Iraq and defeat the Saddam Hussein regime militarily. This decision is still being debated nationwide and internationally as to its legitimacy and rationality.
Khamenei is Right to WorryThursday, September 20, 2007 Ayatollah Ali Khameneh’i, Supreme Leader of the Iranian Revolution, has announced that the commentary on (Ayatollah Ali Akbar Hashemi) Rafsanjani's narrow victory and appointment as head of the Assembly of Experts is "misguided." He also claims it to be exploiting "natural differences" among Iran's leadership.
The Clock Is Set For Iranian Nuclear ActivitiesTuesday, September 18, 2007 Iran reacted on Monday with certain reserve to the latest statements of the French Foreign Affairs minister Bernard Kouchner, warning that the world must be prepared for a possible war with Tehran.
Islamic Brainwashing Will Not WorkSunday, September 16, 2007 What are the duties of a true believer on the first night of his burial? How did Ayatollah Dast-Ghayb achieve martyrdom? What was the name of the lion who cried over Imam Hussein's martyred corpse in the desert of Karbala?
The Day Will Come That Bush Is Tried: Ayatollah Khameneh’iFriday, September 14, 2007 Iran’s leader Ayatollah Ali Khameneh’i said on Friday that the American President George W. Bush must be tried in an independent international court for the “miseries” he brought to Iraq and the Iraqi people.
Did Israel Destroyed Iranian-Syrian Missile Production Facilities?Thursday, September 13, 2007
On Wednesday 5 September, Syria announced that its airspace had been violated by Israel.
Since then, strange things have happened: First and the strangest of all is the Syrian “mild” approach to the provocation. Ever since the raid on last Tuesday, Damascus had adopted a soft profile. It even did not ask for resolution or bold action by the United Nations against Israel when it presented the Security Council on Tuesday 11 September an official protest against the Jewish State. Except some angry rhetoric in the press and by some officials, including military generals warning Israel of “dire retaliation”, Syria remained cool.
Iran's HellTuesday, September 11, 2007 The media in the Gulf and in the rest of the Arab world have not covered the recent Iranian threats that were voiced by the naval commander of the Revolutionary Guard in which he warned that in the event of an American invasion, Iran would respond by turning the Gulf countries into "hell." They merely posted the news story without subjecting its content to any political, military, security or strategic analysis.
Ahmadi Nezhad’s Power Slipping in IranMonday, September 10, 2007 Two intriguing developments have unfolded in Iran over the past week: the election of a new Assembly of Experts Speaker on September 4 and the appointment of a new Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) commander in chief on September 1. Both suggest the growing power of former president [Ayatollah Ali] Akbar Rafsanjani, a powerful politician who is openly critical of President Mahmoud Ahmadi Nezhad and his policies.
Jihad is a Justification of AggressionSaturday, September 8, 2007 The main difference between Islam and other conventional religions is that Islam is not only a religion, but a social order, a strict, disciplinary, and inflexible set of moral, ethics, rules, and even the most private aspects of privacy; therefore, Islam is a political entity: “al-Islam wal dawla” (Islam is the state).
Mr. Rafsanjani's Victory Is A Crushing Defeat For Ahmadi NezhadWednesday, September 5, 2007 The election of Ayatollah Ali Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani as the new Speaker of the Assembly of Experts on Tuesday 4 September2007 might be the signal of important changes in the highest echelons of the political theocratic system of Iran and possibly a change – gradual though – in the regime’s so-called “revolutionary” approach to both domestic and international issues.
General Mohammad Ali Ja’fari Is Revolutionary Guards New C-in-C (Correction)Sunday, September 2, 2007 Important correction: In our dispatch of first of September about the nomination of general Ja'fari as the new Commander of the Revolutionary Guards, we mistakingly reported that General Mohammad Ali Ja'fari "was also deputy to the Secretary of the Supreme Council on National Security and as such, he took part in Iran-IAEA talks on nuclear activities and with the Americans on Iraq".
IPS apologise for the mistake, that was also made by other major news services and commentators, a mistake quickly observed and announced by the official Iranian news agency IRNA, correcting that the SCNS,s deputy Secretary is Mr. Mohammad Ja'fari, not Mohammad Ali (Aziz) Ja'afari.
Massacre of 1988 in IranSaturday, September 1, 2007 By 1988, there was nothing left of the relatively free atmosphere people acquired for a short period after the Iranian revolution of 1979. The Islamic Republic of Iran (IRI)’s brutal machine of repression had already uprooted a great number of other thinkers.
Ahmadi Nezhad is Not The Leader, He Is Iran's ScarecrowThursday, August 30, 2007 You can call him a puppet, you can call him a scarecrow. Just don't call Iranian President Ahmadi Nezhad a leader. A leader, by definition, is a policy maker. Mahmoud Ahmadi Nezhad, by definition, is a policy implementer. He is the front man for the true rulers of Iran, The Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khameneh’i and the ruling Religious Council. They decree, he makes sure it happens.
Iran's Revolutionary Guard: Monolith or Jigsaw?Sunday, August 26, 2007 For a quarter of a century, the regime established by Khomeini has been labelled a “mullahrchy”, a theocracy dominated by the Shi’ite clergy. Now, however, those familiar with the Iranian situation know that a majority of Shi’ite clerics never converted to Khomeinism and did not endorse the Islamic Republic. In the past few years, especially since the election of Mahmoud Ahmadinejad as President in 2005, those mullahs who had converted to Khomeinism have lost some of their power privileges.
A Grim Intelligence Report on Iran Coming... And Doubts About Blacklisting Rev.GuardsFriday, August 24, 2007 A draft intelligence report portrays a bleak political situation in Iran, anticipating little progress in getting Tehran to halt its nuclear program or stop supporting militant groups in the region, U.S. officials said Thursday.
Ruling Iranian Mollahs Silent to Insults by Iraqi Sunnis to Iranians And Shi’asFriday, August 17, 2007 For almost a week after an influential Iraqi Sunni official openly insulted both Iranians and the Shi’ites, and called on Arab leaders to save Iraqi Sunni Arabs from “total destruction by the “Persians” and Sh’ia “hegemony”, the Shi’a-based Islamic Republic of Iran has remained silent.
The Iraqi Prime Minister Tries to Save his Coalition, Threatened of ImplosionWednesday, August 15, 2007 En ridges with an unprecedented political crisis, the Iraqi Prime Minister, Nouri Al-Maliki, announced on Monday 13 August, the holding of a summit, as soon as possible, of various factions of the country.
Weapons Instead of Democracy for the Middle EastTuesday, August 14, 2007 The Bush administration seems to have stopped its offer of “democracy” in the Middle East in the favour of a lucrative business of weapons sales.
Iran's Restive PopulaceMonday, August 13, 2007 We now have a much better picture of the Iranian people's political attitudes, thanks to a poll sponsored by the Center For the Promotion of Democracy and Human Rights. Popular discontent with the mullahs' rule has created an opportunity for regime change, if we have the wit and the will to exploit it.
Iran Offering Olive Branch To The US.Saturday, August 11, 2007 As the American President George W. Bush again threatened action against the Islamic Republic of Iran if it continues its support of terrorist groups in Iraq and in Afghanistan and to continue arming and train insurgents who are killing U.S. soldiers in Iraq, one of the most high-ranking and influential Iranian cleric offered Washington unconditional and unlimited talks.
Iran Government Celebrated "Reporters Day" As Journalists Are Branded "Enemies"Thursday, August 9, 2007 On Wednesday 8 August, the Islamic Republic of Iran celebrated what it is naming cynically, if not ironically, “The Reporters Day”, as the regime, because of its repression and crackdown of the press, is under growing pressure and criticism by international press and human rights organizations.
American Weapons Sold To Arab Nations Will Reach FundamentalistsMonday, August 6, 2007 Not only Iran must not be afraid of the big sale of American weapons to the Arab regimes of the Middle East, but it must rejoice, as they would end up in the hands of Muslim fundamentalists whom Iran is the main supporter.
New Death Sentence on Journalists in IranSaturday, August 4, 2007 The wave of executions in the Islamic Republic of Iranian has now reached the Iranian media, as on 16 July 2007, two Kurdish journalists, Mr. Adnan Hassanpour and Mr. Abdolvahed (Hiva) Boutimar were sentenced to death by an Islamic tribunal in Marivan, a Kurdish city in the north-west Iran.
A Shi'a-Sunni War of International Dimension Looms AheadWednesday, August 1, 2007 A very dangerous fratricide war that can enflame the whole of the Muslim world may take place if the Saudi Arabia’s authorities do not oblige the country’s religious instances to immediately withdraw fatwas by Wahabbi muftis ordering the destruction of all Shi’a mosques and holly places in Iraq.
Iran: West Torn Over Carrot And Stick ApproachSaturday, July 28, 2007 In New York, the 5+1 contact group (the five permanent members of the UN Security Council and Germany) have been involved in deep discussions for days on the third draft resolution against Iran regarding its nuclear programme. Yet the Western countries which ought to be working cohesively together find themselves torn between punishment and business opportunities.
Will "In the Name Of Democracy" Bring Democracy To Iran?Monday, July 23, 2007 As international and national indignation about the abject farce shown on Iranian television last week continue unabated, it was revealed that the so-called documentary entitled “On the name of democracy” was suggested by a well-known interrogator and approved by Ayatollah Ali Khameneh’i, the leader of the Islamic Republic.
More Collective Executions To Be Carried Out In IranSunday, July 22, 2007 According to the latest news, the Islamic Republic of Iran (IRI) hanged on the week ending on 21 July 2007 16 people, 12 of them in the notorious Evin, prison. They had been arrested through a series of crackdowns on Tehran’s “thugs”, starting two weeks ago, accused of homosexuality, sodomy, rape, theft and ignoring Islamic norms of the society.
Iran is Trying to Exploit SyriaThursday, July 19, 2007 When he arrives in Damascus for what he has described as "an historic visit", Iran's President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad will be bearing a variety of gifts. And this is precisely when his Syrian counterpart Bashar Al Assad must be wary.
Shamsolva’ezin, in Interview with Rooz: If We Are Planning a Coup, Arrest UsTuesday, July 17, 2007 With the Government of Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadi Nezhad, a fanatic Shi’a Muslim, imposing a virtual martial law on the country by increasing pressures on the intellectuals, the students, the women, the workers and the teachers, but particularly targeting the press, which the Government accused recently of waging a creeping coup”, a leading Iranian journalist said the present Administration a “complete dead end”.
Iran: Government Steps Up Crackdown On OppositionTuesday, July 17, 2007 Iran has recently intensified its harassment of critics and people it deems threatening to the government. The current crackdown in Iran is harsher than it has been for many years.
Police To Start New Wave Of Crackdown On Young BoysSunday, July 15, 2007 With summer time heath reaching new peaks, the commander of Tehran Police announced new crackdowns, this time targeting mostly young boys wearing “perverted western dress and hairs cut according to “pervert western models”.
Violations Of Human Rights Continue Unabated In IranSaturday, July 14, 2007 Amnesty International and other human rights organizations expressed concern at the increasing violations and disregards of the Iranian Islamic regime for human rights, freedom of the press and the civil society, as seen by the recent closure of two pro reform newspapers and one news agency, the arrest of several women activists, 16 students and a popular union leader, described by the authorities as “hooligans”.
Ahmadi Nezhad Preparing Virtual Martial Law SituationThursday, July 12, 2007 The dramatic abduction of a popular union leader, Mr. Mansour Osanlou, is an integral part of a bigger plan worked out by the Government of the fanatic President Mahmoud Ahmadi Nezhad to impose a virtual martial law situation, preparing the nation for a possible American attack on Iran, political analysts said.
Several Students Arrested while the Press Preparing a “Creeping Coup”Tuesday, July 10, 2007 As security forces arrested several students staging a peaceful sit in to commemorate the students uprising of 9 July 1999, Iranian authorities, in a new wave of crackdown of the media, accused the non governmental press of waging a "creeping coup" against the Government of the fanatic President Mahmoud Ahmadi Nezhad.
A Media Flop Named Press TVWednesday, July 4, 2007 After months of preparations and propaganda, the Voice and Visage of the Islamic Republic of Iran (VVIR)’s mountain gave birth on second July 2007 to a new born that those who conceived it wowed that their offspring would “very quickly” become the flag bearer of the “anti-arrogance” (Western imperialists) crusaders in the field of media.
Iranian Discovers Liar PresidentThursday, June 28, 2007 Almost three years after Mahmoud Ahmadi Nezhad was swept to power as president, Iranians, mostly the poor and uneducated, the very one who had voted for him on his promises of giving them a better living conditions, finally discovered that he and his ministers are big, unscrupulous liars when they, unabatedly, would assure the population that sanctions are “but pieces of paper blackened with insignificant phrases”.
A Handshake that Might Become A Religious Revolution Or A Political SuicideThursday, June 28, 2007 The furious controversy over Hojjatoleslam Mohammad Khatami shaking hands with uncovered women in the Italian city of Udine might become a landmark revolution in Islam or cost him his rank as a middle cleric and even land him in jail.
Iran and Caspian MeetSunday, June 24, 2007 It had been tipped as a major diplomatic coup for Iran President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad strategy of building a series of regional alliances against the “Great Satan” and its allies.
Iran Accused Of Interference By Palestinian Leader Abbas And EgyptWednesday, June 20, 2007 Tehran acknowledged Wednesday indirectly accusations by both the Palestinian Authority leader Mahmoud Abbas and the Egyptian Foreign Affairs Minister on its devastating role in the recent Palestinians bloody fratricide fight, proclaiming the new Abbas appointed cabinet as “illegal”.
Iran National Solidarity To Create An "Alternative"Monday, June 18, 2007 The “Iran Solidarity” conference held in Paris between 15 to 17 June 2007 ended on Sunday with the election of a 21-members Executive Council that gave satisfaction to most of the organizers but brought bitterness and pessimism to some of the participants.
Iranian Opposition In Paris to Foster UnityThursday, June 14, 2007 A broad cross-section of Iranian political activists and organizations are holding a new meeting in Paris to create a "coordinating council" aimed at changing the present ruling theocratic system in Iran and help installing a democratic government in their country.
Azerbaijan Ready To Discuss Russian-US Use OF Radar StationTuesday, June 12, 2007 Azerbaijan has stated that it is ready to hold bilateral and trilateral talks with Russia and the United States over the joint use of an Azerbaijani radar station as an anti-missile defense shield. The agreement comes, however, amidst strong statements by Baku that its own national interests must be taken into account by both Moscow and Washington.
Arab Mass Media Fan Over Ethnic, Religious War in IraqMonday, June 11, 2007 In a rare attack on the Arab media, an influential Iranian think tank urged the regime’s diplomacy to be “more vigilant” on the role the Arab mass media plays against Iran in the one hand and exacerbating the inter-communal and inter-religious war in Iraq.
MKO's efforts for de-proscription the group as a terrorist entityFriday, June 8, 2007 The US State Department 2007, in it’s review of terrorism list not only retains the Mojahedeen Khalq Organisation (MKO, MEK or PMOI) and its alias "National Council of Resistance" on the list but this time upgrades its status from "terrorist entity" to a "terrorist cult".
Is Anyone Listening?Tuesday, June 5, 2007 The country’s officials insist that Iran’s situation is completely normal and no danger threatens the country. I wish that the situation was as positive as they say, but one can read between the lines and realize how dangerous and concerning the country’s situation really is.
Statement on behalf of Kian Tajbakhsh and other Iranian academics arrested in the Islamic Republic of IranMonday, June 4, 2007 The repressive policy of the Islamic Republic of Iran towards its own citizens has once again targeted innocent academics engaged in sustaining a modicum of normative relationship between Iranians and the outside world.
Some Lies Of The Endless List of Keyhan Lies ExposedSunday, June 3, 2007 The radical Iranian newspaper “Keyhan”, which most Iranians considers it as an Intelligence-security minister and judiciary bis, has accused the United States of having created in Iran a spy network using Iranian-American scholars, naming Mrs. Haleh Esfandiari as the “central figure” of the C.I.A and Israel efforts to recruits Iranian scholars into the “spies nest”.
Hard Days Ahead for Advocates of Peaceful ChangeSaturday, June 2, 2007 A person who feels threatened is naturally suspicious of everything and everyone. Because of this, every move is a potential danger – yielding a defensive reaction.
The Doctrine of Mahdism: In the Ideological and Political Philosophy of Mahmoud Ahmadinejad and Ayatollah Mesbah-e YazdiFriday, June 1, 2007 According to Shi’ite tradition, the Twelve Imams, descendants of the Prophet Mohammad’s cousin and son-in-law Ali Ibn Abi Taleb, were endowed with divine qualities that enabled them to lead the Shi’ite believers and to function as Allah’s emissaries on earth.
Four Human Rights Organisations Urges Iran to Release Academics.Thursday, May 31, 2007 As the Islamic Republic of Iran alleges that Washington has created a “network of spies” in Iran, aimed at destabilizing the clerical regime by the mean of “soft revolution” in which the George Soros Foundation is master, four leading human rights organizations have published a joint statement calling on Iranian authorities to “immediately release” Iranian-American academics they have detained recently”.
Scholars Bear Brunt of Anti-Diplomacy BacklashMonday, May 28, 2007 But the strongest indicators that the May 28 discussions between the U.S. and Iran carry great significance are not the positive signals emanating from Washington and Tehran, but rather the desperate efforts of the supporters of the status quo.
Escalating intimidationFriday, May 25, 2007 As the Islamic Republic of Iran is increasing its pressures over dissidents, particularly intellectuals, hundreds of leading Iranian and foreign scholars, researchers, writers, and intellectuals have signed a petition calling on the clerical-led Islamic regime of Iran to free Mrs. Haleh Esfandiari, the director of the Middle East program at the nonpartisan Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars in Washington, D.C.
Why Islamic HijabMonday, May 21, 2007 With the arrival of spring, the Islamic Republic of Iran’s police have launched this year its traditional crackdown on women's dress. Such crackdowns have become a regular feature of Iranian women. The crackdown is to force women to respect the strict Islamic dress code.With the arrival of spring, the Islamic Republic of Iran’s police have launched this year its traditional crackdown on women's dress. Such crackdowns have become a regular feature of Iranian women. The crackdown is to force women to respect the strict Islamic dress code.
Tehran To Reorganise Terror Networks In EuropeFriday, May 18, 2007 The Islamic Republic of Iran is secretly, but actively reorganizing dormant terrorist operations networks, aimed at American and Israeli vital interests in Europe, according to well informed sources.
So Many Overthrowers?Friday, May 11, 2007 You have certainly heard the story of the driver who was driving very fast on the opposite side in a highway and was at the same time listening to a radio message warning other drivers to be aware of “a fool who is driving very fast on the wrong side”. The driver, while listening to the message and seeing a lot of cars coming on his opposite, would tell himself: “O my God, so many fools on the road…”
Arrest of Iranian-American Academic Is Part Of Power Struggle In TehranThursday, May 10, 2007 The arrest of Mrs. Haleh Esfandiari, a prominent Iranian-American academic working at the Wilson Woodrow Centre’s Middle East Programme is part of the ongoing cut throat power struggle in Tehran between the hard liners and the moderates, according to many Iranian political analysts.
If the IRI does not give upTuesday, May 8, 2007 While the international key powers held a conference in London on last Wednesday to review the new set of U.N sanctions on Iran in case the Islamic Republic of Iran (IRI) refused to stop uranium enrichment, President Mahmoud Ahmadi-Nezhad reapeted that his regime will not bow to them
The Islamic Revolution eating the Islamic RepublicSaturday, May 5, 2007 The surprise detention of a senior Iranian diplomat and former nuclear negotiator on alleged charges of espionage and passing sensitive nuclear information to foreigner is likely to ignite an unprecedented power struggle at the highest echelon of the Iranian clerical establishment, political analysts expects.
Iran Women's HellWednesday, May 2, 2007 Iranian police shoved and kicked them, loaded them into a curtained minibus and drove them away. Hours later, at the gates of Evin prison, they were blindfolded and forced to wear all-enveloping chadors, and then were interrogated through the night. All 31 were women - activists accused of receiving foreign funds to stir up dissent in Iran.
Hoseyn Moussavian Reported Arrested (Urgent, Updated)Wednesday, May 2, 2007 Mohammad Hoseyn Mousavian, a former senior Iranian atomic negotiator is reported to have been arrested on Monday first of May 2007.
Mr. Moussavian Arrested On Charges Of Espionnage (New Update)Wednesday, May 2, 2007 Mohammad Hoseyn Moussavian, a former diplomat and senior nuclear negotiator has been arrested on charges of “espionage, contact with foreign elements and communication of information”, according to informed Iranian sources.
Why Ahmadinejad Wants a New Labor Law for IranSunday, April 29, 2007 President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad appears determined to confront Iran’s increasingly restive labor movement. The showdown, begun last year, could reach a peak next week with government plans to crush International Labor Day demonstrations on May 1 by illegal trade unions.
Ahmadinejad’s New Obsession: Women’s dressesWednesday, April 25, 2007 As the Law enforcement Forces continue the widely unpopular crackdown on women and young men wearing dresses not conform with Islamic dress code, more voices are heard calling on the Police to be more tolerant and more equitable in imposing the hejab, or the Islamic dress code.
Mahmoud Ahmadinejad is sincerely dangerousSunday, April 22, 2007 In this interview, the fifth in the series of discussions with leading Iranian scholars, political analysts, economists and human rights activists, Mr. Ahmad Ahrar, a veteran journalist and commentator of the Iranian political theatre argue that Mr. Ahmadi Nezhad can "honestly" become one of these fanatic suiciders who blow up themselves in the middle of a market, eliminating enemies of Islam.
Iran Must Reform Its Economy Or Face Social ExplosionThursday, April 19, 2007 In this fourth interview with leading Iranian experts, scholars, human rights campaigners, political analysts and economists, Dr. Fereydoun Khavand, a professor of economics at Paris universities explains the diseases that cripples the Iranian economy and warns that if the regime can not proceed to urgent reforms, it would explode.
Leader Must Be Open To Criticism, Says Iranian JournalistTuesday, April 17, 2007 For the first time since the start of the crisis over the controversial Iranian nuclear activities, a journalist has called on the Iranian leader Ayatollah Ali Khameneh’i to allow an open debate on the sensitive issue.
Iran's Leaders Have To Decide: Join Saddam and Milosevic Or Respect Human RightsSunday, April 15, 2007 Is it not a shame that a world body named Council of Human Rights be filled with regimes not respecting human rights, like the Islamic Republic of Iran?
Democratic Nations Do Not Help Democratic Forces in Middle EastFriday, April 13, 2007 It is astonishing that each time claims on freedom of speech, free elections and gender equality strongly arises, Arab and Muslim leaders immediately resort to counter attacks, considering these claims to be in contradiction with their culture and identity. What they are saying is actually that despotism and repression is more conform to Islamic and Arab values than democracy and liberty.
The Islamic Republic of Iran Must Be Stopped Acquiring Nuclear Technology.Tuesday, April 10, 2007
In a series of several interviews with leading Iranian political analysts, journalists, human rights campaigners, economists and experts, Iran Press Service looks at different aspects of the Islamic Republic of Iran, the dangers this regime presents for Iranians, Iran and the whole of the region, the economic, cultural, social and diplomatic failures and set back of the regime and for the first time, its danger for Islam, the religion of more than one billion men and women arround the world.
The IRI and The WestSunday, April 8, 2007 While it is believed that the Bush administration is completing military preparations in the region for an attack on Iran, the Islamic Republic of Iran and the West may spend a large portion of their future playing cat and mouse.
Duel for Leverage Fuels Conflict, Not DiplomacySunday, April 1, 2007 As the dispute over Iran's seizure of British sailors continues to twist and turn, what may have been an isolated incident at the outset is quickly developing into yet another move in the geopolitical chess game between the West and Iran.
Ahmadinejad's Train Might Be Stopped SoonThursday, March 29, 2007 Realising that a train that has “no brake and no rear gear” would finish crashed either in a ravine, or against a mountain rock, or into the final station where it would set everything on blaze and killing score of people, Iranian highest-ranking decision makers are seriously thinking about removing the fanatical train driver before the wild machine kills everyone on board, according to highly informed sources in Tehran.
Britain Gave Ahmadi Nezhad A New Year GiftSunday, March 25, 2007 As tension escalated in Tehran and London relations, Iranian analysts and journalists said the seizure of 15 British navy men and marines and their two boats on Friday 23 March by Iranian revolutionary guards was a “gift of God” to the embattled Government of the fanatic President Mahmoud Ahmadi Nezhad.
Now Russia Leaves Iran’s Sinking BoatThursday, March 15, 2007 The slap the Russians gave the Iranian clerical-led government on Tuesday was so strong that 24 hours after it had been clapped on their face, no one had dared to react.
“Accept ElBaradei Proposal”, Petition Urges Iran Leadership (Urgent)Wednesday, March 14, 2007 As the five permanent members of the United Nation’s Security Council are reported to nearing the signing of a new resolution against the Islamic Republic and the Russian firm that is building Iran’s first nuclear powered electricity plant has said it can not put the plant into service on time, more than 300 political activists, journalists, commentators, political analysts and dissidents, in an unprecedented petition, urged the “highest authorities” to accept IAEA’s Chief proposals for a “mutual suspension”.
Iranian Ayatollahs Prisoners of Russian BearFriday, March 9, 2007 The Islamic Republic suffered a humiliating blow at the hand of its chief ally Moscow after officials at Atomstroiexport, the Russian company that builds Iran’s first nuclear powered electricity plant, warned Tehran that further delays in financial installments of the costs of the Boushehr plant might result in further delays in the final touches to the station.
Iran Women Demand Equality. Police Represses DemonstrationThursday, March 8, 2007 All but three of the 33 Iranian women's rights activists jailed on Sunday were freed Wednesday night, on the eve of International Women's Day, in exchange for a pledge not to demonstrate on 8 March, according to one of their lawyers, Mr. Mohammad Ali Dadkhah.
Iran Women Demand Equality. Police Represses DemonstrationThursday, March 8, 2007 All but three of the 33 Iranian women's rights activists jailed on Sunday were freed Wednesday night, on the eve of International Women's Day, in exchange for a pledge not to demonstrate on 8 March, according to one of their lawyers, Mr. Mohammad Ali Dadkhah.
Maintaining PerspectiveTuesday, March 6, 2007 'It's too soon to tell", The late Chinese leader Zhou Enlai is reported to have answered when asked for an evaluation of the significance of the French Revolution of 1789. This was nearly two centuries after the great upheaval of France. Revolutions are full of cunning, and the Iranian Revolution, now almost three decades old, has been no exception-cunning and ferocity side by side, the talk of a revolutionary millennium often concealing the skills of a leadership steeped in the ways of the bazaar.
Target at the IRI’s Achilles heelSaturday, March 3, 2007 The London meeting of the 5+1 group have not made any specific decision yet. The European Union, especially France, Germany, and Italy, are the largest trading partners of the Islamic Republic of Iran (IRI). The EU's share of Iran's total imports is some 40%. EU trade with Iran has even expanded since Iran's secret nuclear programme was exposed. Russia and China represent another 15% of Iran's total imports. Oil represents 80% of Iran's total exports. Under such economic factors, the perspective of economic sanctions can always be a bargaining counter and sanctions will probably not be held for years to come.
Iran: The Radical Wins AgainFriday, March 2, 2007 As the Tehran leadership prepares to go to the wire in its confrontation with the international community over the nuclear issue, one thing is clear: President Mahmoud Ahmadi Nezhad is emerging with his position in the Khomeinist establishment strengthened.
Atom And Nothing ElseWednesday, February 28, 2007 We Iranians are condemned to always bow to a taboo that we are unaware of its impacts on our lives. This time the name of the game is Atom, which, wrapped in a sanctified and uncricisible Taboo, is forcing and urging all of us to prostrate in its saint front.
Will Surge Hurt US More Than Sanctions Hurt Iran?Tuesday, February 27, 2007
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
Protocols of the Mollahs of Qom Aims At Annihilating SunnisFriday, February 23, 2007 As religious and sectarian killings in Iraq intensifies, with major Arab nations uniting their forces to stop the growth in strength and popularity of the Sh’ia Muslims, but particularly non Arab that is aiming at becoming the Middle East’s super power, Arab historians, intellectuals, journalists and ulemas have started a vigorous anti-Iranian, anti Shi’a campaign.
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.
Iranian Do Not Want American Style DemocracyWednesday, January 31, 2007 The prospect for a confrontation with the United States is taken up more and more, at all the levels of the Islamic Republic.
Iran's Top Dissident Cleric Urges Open Politics,Sunday, January 28, 2007 Iran's top dissident cleric Grand Ayatollah Hosseynali Montazeri has urged Islamic republic officials to release political prisoners and open the political arena to opponents of the regime.
Iran's Plans: Sticks & CarrotsFriday, January 26, 2007 Confrontation or accommodation? As the U.N. Security Council's latest deadline for the Islamic Republic draws closer, that perennial question of Iranian politics is back at the center of debate in Tehran.
Saudi Arabia To Iran: Don’t Interfere In Arab’s Affairs.Wednesday, January 24, 2007 In an interview with the French daily “Le Figaro” (centre right), Saudi Arabia’s Foreign Affairs Minister Prince Saud al Faysal openly warned Iran against intervening in the Arab’s affairs.
Iran To Offer Security Council New ProposalsTuesday, January 23, 2007 In order to find a solution to the nuclear impasse and avoid sanctions, Tehran is studying to propose the 5+1 (the five permanent members of the United Nations Security Council, namely the United States, Russia, France, China and Britain, plus Germany) the creation of an international consortium for the production of nuclear fuel for Iran’s coming nuclear plants.
Iranian, Venezuelan Don Quichote To Fight US Super PowerSunday, January 14, 2007 In a desperate attempt aimed at creating a new international anti-American front, the Iranian fanatical President Mahmoud Ahmadi Nezhad and his populist “brother” Hugo Chavez of Venezuela decided Saturday 13 January 2007 the creation of a 2 billions US Dollars fund to help poor nations of Latin America and Africa to “liberate” themselves from the US “imperialist yoke”.
Seismic Dangers Obstacle To Iranian President's Atomic DreamsWednesday, January 10, 2007 Iranian president Mahmoud Ahmadi Nezhad has just announced "great nuclear celebrations" to take place in February to mark the anniversary of the 1979 Islamic revolution. Despite the efforts of the international community and two UN Security Council resolutions demanding Iran to immediately suspend sensitive nuclear work and in particular uranium enrichment - which can be used to make atomic weapons - Tehran appears doggedly determined to pursue its programme and speedily achieve its atomic ambitions.
Winds Definitely Turning Against Ahmadi NezhadTuesday, January 9, 2007 In a new visible sign that winds are definitely turning against the fanatic President Mahmoud Ahmadi Nezhad, a newspaper that belongs to the leader of the Islamic Republic sharply criticized his behavior in the difficult nuclear problem, mostly the “prsonalisation” of the nuclear issue and the constant repetition of his diatribes against Iran’s interlocutors in the issue.
Saddam Was A Captured Dictator.Monday, January 8, 2007 The execution of Saddam Hussein was an act of revenge. Saddam’s death was a triumph for Bush, Blair, and their Shiite-led regime installed in Iraq. It was a wish of Iraqi Islamists, like Dawa party and Moqtada Sadr, who was determined to kill Saddam in any circumstance. It was a trophy for Mollahs in Tehran, who vowed to eliminate Saddam.
In Iran the Debate is Over EscalationSaturday, January 6, 2007 To escalate or not to escalate? In Tehran's ruling circles, these days, that is the question. The question has come up in response to the resolution passed by the United Nations' Security Council in the dying days of last year, imposing a range of sanctions on the Islamic Republic.
Iraq – A Lesson In Abject Political Failure: How To Make A Martyr Out Of A MonsterThursday, January 4, 2007 Revolutions happen when reforms are ineffective. Violence breaks out when reasoning is weak. Wars occur as a result of failure of diplomacy. And when the state kills, it only demonstrates the poverty of its political leadership or legitimacy.