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Iran Headline News - July 7, 2006

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PostPosted: Fri Jul 07, 2006 11:24 am    Post subject: Iran Headline News - July 7, 2006 Reply with quote

World 'losing patience' with Iran

The UN nuclear watchdog chief has warned Iran the world is "getting impatient" because it has not replied to incentives on its nuclear programme.


Iran to Send U.N. a Fox in the Henhouse

July 07, 2006
The Japan Times
Cesar Chelala

Oil Prices Set For New Records Beyond 80 Dollars
by Perrine Faye
London (AFP) Jul 06, 2006
Agence France-Presse


Putin urges speed in Iran nuclear talks

Mark Oliver and agencies
Thursday July 6, 2006
Guardian Unlimited

ElBaradei voices frustration with Iran
06 July 2006 17:34


Suicide bomber hits Iran pilgrims in Iraq, 12 dead
06 Jul 2006
Source: Reuters
By Khaled Farhan

Iraqi military beef up security on border with Iran


Iran and North Korea Expected to Top Agenda for G-8 Summit
By Stephanie Ho
06 July 2006


Rice says Iran's "stall" tactics not going to work

Azeri diplomat: "Iran to adopt law on espionage, against Azerbaijanis"
06 July 2006

The new law on espionage that will be reviewed by the Iranian parliament in the beginning of the next week would be used for the purposes of the stiffening of repressions against the local Azerbaijani population.


Pyongyang Deepens Tehran Ties With Suspected Arms Exports

July 06, 2006
The Wall Street Journal
Gordon Fairclough

New, Iran-backed Insurgents Identified in Iraq
July 05, 2006
World Tribune.com
Special to World Tribune.com

How Did Oil Power Iran Fall Into a Petrol Crisis?

July 03, 2006
Alireza Ronaghi and Christian Oliver

Will Iran Dare Cut Gas Imports, Subsidies

July 03, 2006
The Washington Times
Andrea R. Mihailescu

Iran: The Other Option

July 03, 2006
The Washington Times
Adm. James Lyons

Iranian Public Opinion on the Nuclear Program: A Potential Asset for the Int'l. Community

July 03, 2006
The Washington Institute for Near East Policy
Michael Herzog

Britain concerned with Iran regime's terrorist activities in Iraq

The Foreign Affairs Committee of the British House of Commons issued a security report on July 2 expressing concern over the Iranian regime's terrorist activities in Iraq. "Iran's interference in Iraq has caused tremendous concern. Iran is involved in organizing and supplying arms to terrorists in Iraq."

The committee rejected Iran's claims of fighting against terrorism, calling it "contrary to its support for terrorist groups."

The Commons committee expressed fears that UK was faced with serious threat of bloody terrorist attacks.



More Azerbaijanis Arrested in Iran, 40 Days After Demonstrations


Suicide, especially of the young, on the rise in Iran


Repression in Iran

05 July 2006

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PostPosted: Sun Jul 09, 2006 11:13 am    Post subject: El-Baradei betrays his own IAEA Staff and the West Reply with quote

Sunday, July 09, 2006
El-Baradei betrays his own IAEA Staff and the West
By Allen Peters


When Chris Charlier arrived in Iran in April of this year, he was received the same way as had always been the case in each of over 20 visits to the Islamic Republic of Iran.

"Wherever we went , whatever we did, they always followed us, monitoring us with video cameras and capturing every single one of our conversations. Never letting us out of their sight for a second, watching everything over our shoulder".

"How the devil were we supposed to rationally do our work" comments the 64-year old Belgian.

Chris Charlier, who heads a team of 15 Atomic Energy inspectors of the IAEA has been inspecting the Islamic Republic's nuclear program since 2003.

For the first time a Viennese based inspector speaks openly and under his own name about the conditions under which UN inspectors try to bring to light the darkness surrounding the Iranian nuclear program.

The reason for his outspoken comments is because since April of this year he is for all practical purposes unemployed. Responsible for this is his Vienna based direct superior, Mohammad El-Baradei.

When Baradei went to Tehran in April for consultations, the chief negotiator of the Shiite theocracy, Ali Larijani gave him an ultimatum to fire Chris Charlier.

Iran's hasty demand.

Mohammad El-Baradei acted swiftly in accepting the demand.

Chris Charlier had made himself highly unpopular in Tehran since 2003. "I am not a politician, I am a technician and as such the only thing which interests me is whether Iran's nuclear program is a civil or military one", Charlier states. "The inspections have to reach an unambiguous conclusion".

"I believe they are hiding what they are doing with their nuclear activities. It is probable they are doing things of which we have no knowledge," Charlier responds to a question as to whether Tehran operates a secret parallel nuclear program.

Inside countless memos and work reports, Charlier notes the results of inspections and lists the tricks and deceptions of the Tehran rulers, which leads the inspectors in Vienna to a single conclusion: based on pieces of the puzzle gathered by Charlier, "Tehran is obviously making a bomb."

"For that he is now paying the price" says one of his colleagues. "El-Baradei has sacrificed Charlier and set him to counting paper clips in Vienna till he eventually retires".

The real reason is that in discussions with Mohammad El-Baradei, Charlier has always refused to close the Iran nuclear file and to absolve Tehran of effectively operating a military atomic program.

No Access to Iranian Atomic Documents.

In conversation, Charlier confirmed what European diplomats would only mention in secretive whispers.

On his last visit to Tehran, Mohammad El-Baradei promised Ali Larijani, the most trusted person of Iran's Supreme Ruler Ali Khamenei not only to remove Charlier, the team leader of the inspectors, but also to no longer allow him access to any documents in Vienna, relative to Iran's nuclear program .

"As of April, I may no longer travel to Iran. As of April, I no longer have access to the Iranian Nuclear file," says Chris Charlier.

Mohammad El-Baradei's capitulation to Iran has made huge waves at the IAEA in Vienna. The other inspectors are up in arms. "This totally bankrupts our work" says a Viennese inspector. "Mohammad El-Baradei folds vis-a-vis the Mullahs and leaves us standing in the rain. Why don't we just let Iran be in charge of inspecting their own nuclear program?"

Mohammad El-Baradei is unavailable to respond about his attitude in the Charlier matter. A spokesman for El-Baradei confirms that Chris Charlier is no longer authorized to travel to Iran and Tehran demanded his removal.

IAEA Tries to Prevent Publication

In a long telephone conversation, shortly after the facts were confirmed by the IAEA, they tried to prevent publication.

Publication would jeopardize Chris Charlier and additionally put at risk the work basis of our inspectors.

"What work basis?" Chris Charlier, who sees it differently, asks. "Just conceding, without any need, to the extortion of Tehran, by itself puts an end to a working basis. This has "de facto" ended even a half-way rational inspection of the Iranian nuclear program by the IAEA.

How necessary these inspections were was confirmed by statements coming from Tehran a long time ago.

On August 1st, 2005, the brother of Iran's chief negotiator, Ali Larijani, spoke openly of the true nature of the Iranian nuclear program. Iran's news agency ILNA quoted him as saying "the nuclear non-proliferation treaty is dead.

Iran's dispute with the West does not hinge on that but on whether we cease enriching uranium. It has nothing to do with whether we have the right to make bomb. We are not fighting with Europe about enrichment. If our bloodthirsty enemies like America and Israel threaten us, we have the right to defend ourselves with nuclear weapons and we are not going to give up this right".

Consequence: Western Position Weakened

Clear words, as above, out of Tehran that emphasize what putting the prominent IAEA inspector out in the cold implies. In coming negotiations by Western partners, the dismissal of Chris Charlier has weakened their hand.

The results obtained by his inspection trips and of his colleagues have been the trump card in the nuclear poker game with the Islamic Republic. A trump card that the IAEA boss, Mohammad El-Baradei has dropped from his hand.
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PostPosted: Sun Aug 06, 2006 12:49 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Dear Cyrus,

Here's a couple items folks may have missed:


Iranian gives himself up after immolation threat inside UN Athens office

ATHENS - An unidentified Iranian asylum-seeker who August 4 threatened to immolate himself inside a United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees' (UNHCR) office in Athens gave himself up to police after a three-hour standoff, a local UN staffer said.
"He was persuaded to give himself up," UN employee Keti Kehayoglou said from inside the building, in the northern suburb of Psychiko. The young Iranian of around 30 years of age had arrived at the UNHCR offices at 12:30 local time (0930 GMT), and subsequently drenched himself in gasoline. The UNHCR's local management spent the next two-and-a-half hours trying to dissuade him from immolating himself, the staffer said.

"[He] had requested asylum in Athens in 2005, subsequently traveled to London and was sent back here in January 2006," Kehayoglou said. "Under Greek law, an asylum request is automatically terminated if the petitioner leaves Greece," she added. "So this man is now out of options, since he cannot return to his home country ... We have repeatedly asked the Greek government to modify the legislation, because we have a large number of similar cases," she said. Keyahoglou said that police took the man to a hospital. It was not immediately clear whether he would be arrested or deported.

Angry demonstrators pelt British embassy in Tehran

TEHRAN - The British embassy in Tehran was pelted with petrol bombs and rocks August 4 as more than 50 Iranian militiamen protested against London's support of the Israeli offensive in Lebanon against the Shia movement Hizbullah. The demonstrators, mainly from the official Basij militia, jostled with scores of anti-riot police after lobbing Molotov cocktails, rocks, and pails of paint at the gate of the downtown compound, an AFP correspondent said.

The protestors pulled down the British embassy sign at the gate before police forced them away from the building. They chanted slogans included "Death to Britain" and "Death to America," and "Death to Israel," and they burned a British flag. Some demonstrators also carried pictures of Hizbullah leader Hassan Nasrallah and the Shia militant group's flag.
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