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Bush Administration Again Turns a Deaf Ear to Pleas for Peace
White House refuses to take letter of Nobel Laureates against nukes -CASMII - 4/30/06

The United States, Israel, and the Possible Attack on Iran
With even mainstream media outlets like the Washington Post and The New Yorker publishing credible stories that the United States is seriously planning a military attack on Iran, increasing numbers of Americans are expressing concerns about the consequences of the United States launching another war that would once again place the United States in direct contravention of international law. -Foreign Policy in Focus - 4/30/06

Russia Presses Iran to Cooperate with IAEA
Iran says it will not stop enriching uranium despite growing pressure from the international community. On Saturday, Russia appealed to Iran to take steps to restore international confidence, and to cooperate with the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA). -VOA - 4/30/06

300,000 March in Manhattan at Anti-War Protest
Along with their call for the return of the troops from Iraq, organizers said, the march was meant to express opposition to any military action against Iran. The event was organized by the group United for Peace and Justice. -AP - 4/30/06

Iran warns U.N. curbs will increase oil prices
Iran warned on Sunday that oil prices could go substantially higher if the United Nations slapped sanctions on the country for its nuclear program but hoped its oil and gas sectors will not be sanctioned. -IRNA - 4/30/06

Iran: 'Maximum' Cooperation Offered To IAEA, Not Security Council
Iran says it could allow the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) to resume snap inspections of its nuclear facilities, but only if the UN Security Council returns Iran's case to the jurisdiction of the UN's nuclear watchdog. -RFE - 4/30/06

East meets West in 'Tehrangeles'
One face of the Iranian community in Los Angeles has been more visible than any other for motorists cruising up and down Santa Monica Boulevard in recent weeks. -BBC - 4/30/06

Iran urges world community to eliminate chemical warfare
Iran strongly asked international community on Sunday to do all within its power to punish key elements of chemical crimes, eliminate chemical weapons from the face of the planet and pay proper compensations to the victims or their families. -IRNA - 4/30/06

Linking Tehran and Tel Aviv
Hossein Derakhshan is a 31-year-old Iranian internet activist, based in Canada, who writes the bilingual weblog Editor: Myself. Here he writes about his first visit to Israel, which he undertook to challenge the stereotypes of both Iran and Israel. -BBC - 4/30/06

Experts Urge Direct US-Iranian Talks to Resolve Nuclear Issue
Iran has once again rejected cooperation with the United Nations in curtailing its nuclear weapons ambitions. Some experts are calling for direct U.S.-Iranian talks to resolve the issue. -VOA - 4/29/06

Iranian children to fly kites on National Persian Gulf Day
Children participating in the "Blue Heart" festival currently underway at the Institute for the Intellectual Development of Children and Young Adults (IIDCYA) are preparing kites for National Persian Gulf Day on April 30. -Mehr - 4/29/06

THE IRAN NUCLEAR DISPUTE: "The Russian Option Is the Only One"
In an interview with SPIEGEL ONLINE, Ulrich Ladurner, author of the book "The Iranian Bomb," discusses Tehran's path toward becoming a nuclear power and possible scenarios and possibilities for solving the crisis. -Spiegel, Germany - 4/29/06

Bush's misbegotten Iran plan
Far from saving Iran, if he goes ahead with this plan, Bush will be hailed as the savior of Islamic fundamentalism. Surely recent United States experience in Iraq and Afghanistan has made one fact clear: US military action is not an efficient tool for defeating religious extremism or promoting democracy. -Sarah Chayes and Amir Soltani Sheikholeslami, Boston Globe - 4/29/06

Iran, N. Korea, Syria, Cuba Head US State Sponsors of Terror List
The record of the six countries designated as state sponsors of terrorism in the State Department's Country Reports on Terrorism 2005 shows a mixture of cooperation and intransigence. - 4/29/06

Iran purchases two Y-8 aircraft from China
Iran has purchased two Yun-8 (Y-8) aircraft from China to be employed in its regional airport, Payam. The tactical transport aircraft capable of carrying 20 tons of cargos is expected to be delivered to Payam Airport in early May -Mehr - 4/29/06

Azerbaijan is ready to become mediator between the US and Iran
Izvestia daily has published an article “The American Vector of the Azeri Policy” prepared with the help of the press service of the Azeri President. The article is about the context and goals of the visit of Azeri President Ilham Aliyev to the US and is, in fact, the account of Azerbaijan’s official position. -Regnum, Russia - 4/29/06

In Iran, from revolution to reform
When he was a young man, Abbas Abdi thought the shah had to be overthrown and the United States needed to be punished for supporting his government. So Abdi helped plan and stage the takeover of the U.S. Embassy and the seizure of 52 Americans, who were held hostage for 444 days. -New York Times - 4/29/06

Report by the IAEA Director General Implementation of the NPT Safeguards Agreement in Iran
On April 28, 2006, IAEA Director General Mohamed ElBaradei sent his report on the implementation of safeguards in Iran to the IAEA Board and the United Nation´s Security Council. Following is the full text of the report. - 4/29/06

Resolution Limiting President's Power to Attack Iran Introduced
Amid House passage of stiffer sanctions against Iran, Rep. Peter DeFazio (D-OR) introduced a resolution on April 26th, 2006 requiring President Bush to come to Congress before taking any military action against Iran. -NIAC - 4/28/06

Iranian American Runs for Superior Court Judge in San Mateo County California
“She has been a leader in the law enforcement community for more than two decades as a tireless prosecutor and caring advocate for victims of violent crimes.” This was the ringing endorsement given to Deputy District Attorney Susan Irene Etezadi by the Redwood City Police Sergeants Association after she announced her candidacy for Superior Court Judge in San Mateo County. -IAPAC - 4/28/06

Russia, Germany: Only Diplomacy Can Resolve Iran Standoff
Russian President Vladimir Putin and German Chancellor Angela Merkel say diplomacy is the best way to resolve the standoff with Iran over its nuclear program. After a two-day summit in central Russia, the two leaders also called on Iran to fulfill its international obligations in the nuclear sphere. -VOA - 4/28/06

'Russia has left the western orbit'
Missile deals with the 'axis of evil' are just the latest sign that Moscow is sick of kowtowing to the US and Europe, writes Tom Parfitt -Guardian - 4/28/06

Iran capable to become int'l superpower: President
Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad said on Thursday night that Iran has potentials to become an international superpower speedily. -IRNA - 4/28/06

Azerbaijani President Rules Out Participating in Action Against Iran
The president of the former Soviet republic of Azerbaijan has begun a visit to the United States with a call for a diplomatic solution to the crisis over Iran's nuclear program. -VOA - 4/28/06

‘Diplomacy’, the Smokescreen for Savagery
Open any Western newspaper and you are struck by the abundant use of the word “diplomacy”. It is the second most used word after “democracy”. However, careful analysis shows that U.S. version of diplomacy has become the favourite smokescreen of U.S. war of aggression. Iraq and Iran provide the best cases. -Axis of Logic - 4/28/06

NATO Ministers Discuss Iran, Afghanistan, Expansion
The foreign ministers of NATO's 26 member countries are set to meet today in the Bulgarian capital, with concerns over Iran's nuclear program expected to feature prominently during the two days of informal talks in Sofia. -RFE - 4/28/06

Israel raises profile in Iran fray
Amid the soaring rhetoric over Western efforts to curb Iran's nuclear program, Israel has been moving into a more proactive position in the campaign to contain Tehran. -CSM - 4/28/06

Olerum happy to be in Iran
Nigerian footballers are well known for plying their trade all over the world but it may come as a surprise that there are a few playing in Iran. -BBC - 4/28/06

US Says Iranian Nuclear Program Requires Significant International Response
Senior U.S. diplomat Nicholas Burns said Thursday Iran's non-compliance with calls that it cease uranium enrichment will require a significant international response including possible sanctions. -VOA - 4/28/06

Iran loses out with the new Iraqi prime minister
So what should the world make of Iraq's new prime minister, Jawad al-Maliki? What chance will his new government have of containing the sectarian violence in Iraq and averting a full-blown civil war? -Daily Star - 4/28/06

Why White House woos Azerbaijan
President Ilham Aliyev's visit to Washington Friday comes as the country's oil and geography make it increasingly important. -CSM - 4/28/06

Iran takes lead in restoration of Samarra mosque
Private sector investment will pay for the rebuilding of the Shiite holy site -Art Newspaper - 4/28/06

The Sands Of Time Color 'Persians'
The play, which examines the fallout from the Greek-Persian wars from the point of view of the defeated Persians, is Western civilization's oldest surviving drama. -Washington Post - 4/28/06

House Overwhelmingly Approves Stronger Iran Sanctions
Yesterday, with overwhelming bipartisan support, the House approved legislation strengthening sanctions against Iran and sustaining those sanctions until Iran dismantles its nuclear development program. -NIAC - 4/28/06

IRAN: Afghan repatriation resumes
The Iranian government predicts that half a million Afghan refugees will return to their homeland from Iran when the country's voluntary repatriation operation resumes on 29 April, the office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) in Iran said on Wednesday. -IRIN - 4/28/06

What the veil says about women
It is harder than the western media thinks to interpret Iran's politics by the way its people dress. -Guardian - 4/28/06

In pursuit of Persia - Mirrors of the Unseen: Journeys in Iran
In these sad and dirty days of demonisation and prejudice few books could be more apposite than Jason Elliot's thoughtful portrait of Iran. -Guardian - 4/28/06

Santorum seeks to pass Iran Freedom Support Act through shortcut
Sen. Rick Santorum (R-PA) introduced the Iran Freedom Support Act (S. 333) as an amendment (#3640) to the supplemental, in order to circumvent the difficulties the bill is facing in the Senate Foreign Relations Committee. -NIAC - 4/28/06

Has the threat posed by Iran been grossly exaggerated?
This was the question posed to 750 people during a debate staged by intelligence2 last night in London. Before the debate roughly a third of the audience agreed with the motion, a third disagreed and a third were undecided, but after hearing the arguments the majority voted for the motion - they thought the threat posed by Iran has been exaggerated. -CASMII - 4/28/06

Experts Don't See Military Action Against Iran As Imminent
The dispute over Iran's nuclear program has become an escalation of exaggeration, according to John Burroughs. He says Iran is exaggerating its progress, and everyone else is exaggerating its danger. -RFE - 4/28/06

Man of the people scores own goal with ayatollahs
Soon after Mahmoud Ahmadi-Nejad was elected president of Iran last June some western critics questioned his sanity and intelligence. Others dismissed him as a puppet of fundamentalist clergy. -Financial Times - 4/28/06

Iran: Rafsanjani invites nuclear negotiating sides back to table
Rafsanjani said, "The Iranians are willing to pursue their trust building measures, while presenting the outcome of success they have achieved relying on their own scientific talents to the world, amid a transparent atmosphere. -IRNA - 4/28/06

The Dilemma of Iran and US relations has put Iranian-Americans in a Quandary
Recent speculation about US military intervention in Iran has created a heated debate worldwide. One community that finds itself caught in a unique dilemma is the estimated one million Americans of Iranian descent. -David N. Rahni - 4/27/06

TAKING A STAND: Nazanin Afshin-Jam, Former Miss World Canada 2003, Struggles To Save Iranian Compatriot From Execution
The former Miss World Canada, who considers that Nazanin is rather a victim than a criminal, is determined to help save the young teenager’s life and use her own International fame to draw attention on the teenager’s dangerous predicament. -Darius KADIVAR - 4/27/06

Oil Minister Asserts Iran Won't Cut Exports Despite Nuclear Standoff
With Iran facing a showdown with the West over its nuclear ambitions, its top oil official said yesterday that the country would not use its oil exports as a political weapon and that it already is struggling to meet its own domestic oil demand. -Wall Street Journal - 4/27/06

Energy, Iran Expected To Top Russian-German Summit Agenda
German Chancellor Angela Merkel and Russian President Vladimir Putin met today in the central Siberian city of Tomsk for the second Russian-German summit since Merkel's election in November 2005. -RFE - 4/27/06

Name of `Persian Gulf' registered in 1,800 maps in world museums
A researcher specializing in history, Mohammad-Reza Norouzi, said here Thursday that the name of the Persian Gulf has been recorded in more than 1,800 maps found in most of the world museums as well as research and military centers. -IRNA - 4/27/06

US should call for direct talks with Iran
It's time to soften the Bush administration's hard position against direct talks with Iran. A good time for both Washington and Tehran to begin overtures toward such talks would be following the UN Security Council's April 28 deadline for Iran to suspend uranium enrichment, which Iran rejects. -CSM - 4/27/06

Azerbaijan Leader Staying Out of Iran Fray
President Ilham Aliev of Azerbaijan opened a three-day visit to the United States on Wednesday by saying he would not allow his country to be used by the U.S. for any operations against neighboring Iran. -AP - 4/27/06

Iranian president in Germany for World Cup?
Iran’s President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad could still decide to visit Germany during the upcoming World Cup to support his country’s team. But German politicians are divided as to whether the controversial leader should be allowed to attend the sporting event. -European Jewish Press - 4/27/06

Analysis: Iran under pressure
BBC analyst Sadeq Saba opens our series on life in Iran with this examination of the view inside the Islamic Republic of the deepening nuclear crisis and how this relates to other social, religious and economic issues. -BBC - 4/27/06

'Iranian Jews support nuclear progam'
Iranian Jews have long supported the country's nuclear program, said the Iranian parliamentary representative of the Jewish community on Wednesday. -Jerusalem Post - 4/27/06

Appeals for calm over Iran crisis
China and Russia have urged all sides involved in the row over Iran's nuclear activities to seek a peaceful solution. -BBC - 4/27/06

U.S.: More Than 600 Implicated in Detainee Abuse
Two years after the Abu Ghraib scandal, new research shows that abuse of detainees in U.S. custody in Iraq, Afghanistan, and at Guantánamo Bay has been widespread, and that the United States has taken only limited steps to investigate and punish implicated personnel. - 4/27/06

A defiant Iran banks on a split at UN
With neither side blinking, Iran and the international community are preparing to take the next step in their showdown over Tehran's nuclear ambitions. -CSM - 4/27/06

Mulling the Khuzestan gambit
If the United States goes to war with Iran, the province of Khuzestan could become a household name. Situated in the far southwest, Khuzestan borders southern Iraq and the upper reaches of the Persian Gulf. For several reasons, Khuzestan is seen as a pivotal chunk of territory and there is now much talk that it figures prominently in U.S. planning in case of conflict with Iran. -St. George Daily Spectrum - 4/27/06

Iran clergy angry over women fans
Iran's religious right is voicing growing opposition to a decision to let women to watch football matches for the first time since the 1979 revolution. -BBC - 4/27/06

The problem is: Iran does pose a threat in every way Iraq did not
The G8 leaders can exploit Tehran's fear of international isolation to get a nuclear deal, but only if they are united -Guardian - 4/27/06

Tehran's debate: U.S. must exploit splits among Iranians
As the U.N. Security Council wrestles with Iran's nuclear ambitions, a long-standing debate rages in Tehran that Western policymakers and analysts should not ignore. -Karim Sadjadpour, Philadelphia Inquirer - 4/27/06

Rumsfeld: All Neighbors Except Iran Benefit From Success in Iraq
While success in Iraq's march to freedom would mean good things for most of its neighbors, Iran could only view that as a failure, Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld said in Baghdad - 4/27/06

Will Iran give up its civilian nuclear program? Will U.S. attack Iran? Can U.S. attack Iran?
The stand off between the U.S. and Iran over nuclear technology was developed from two misconceptions on part of both the Iranians and the Americans. The Iranians thought from the beginning that if they just insist on their right as a member of IAEA to civilian nuclear energy and open all their nuclear energy installation for inspection by IAEA, finally U.S. will accept their right and then the rest of the West will follow. -Hussein Sharifi - 4/27/06

Massoumeh Ebtekar of Iran is a 2006 Champion of the Earth
Speech by Massoumeh Ebtekar, Iran, Special Prize Winner, on 21st April 2006 to mark Champions of the Earth Awards Ceremony in Singapore - 4/27/06

Disturbing a 7000-Year-Old Girl's Nap in Bolaghi Gorge
Archeological excavations in Bolaghi Gorge historical site led to discovery of the skeleton of a young girl belonging to 7000 years ago, who apparently died in her sleep due to an unknown reason. -CHN - 4/27/06

Oil Minister: Oil Stock Exchange to be set up in Iran next week
Iranian Oil Minister Kazem Vaziri Hamaneh said on Wednesday that the establishment of Oil Stock Exchange is in its final stage and the bourse will be launched in Iran in the next week. -IRNA - 4/27/06

US House Moves to Impose New Sanctions Against Iran
Amid the latest tensions between Iran and the international community over Iranian nuclear ambitions, the House of Representatives has approved legislation that would sanction companies or individuals engaged in Iran's energy sector. -VOA - 4/27/06

Wilkerson Fingers the Neo-Cons on Iran
"The Secret Cabal Got What It Wanted: No Negotiations." -Counterpunch - 4/27/06

Time To Talk With Iran
American and Iranian leaders are talking a great deal about each other -- when they should be devoting far more attention to talking to each other. Both sides are throwing sharp verbal punches with increasing frequency, amid news reports of a possible U.S. attack on Iranian nuclear facilities and continued efforts by Iran's leaders to advance their nation's nuclear capability. -Washington Post - 4/26/06

Tehran Symphony Orchestra to begin rehearsals with new conductor next week
After nine months without a permanent conductor, the Tehran Symphony Orchestra will begin rehearsals with new conductor Nader Mashayekhi next week, the Persian service of CHN reported on Tuesday. -Mehr - 4/26/06

In both American and Iranian students, thoughts of death increase support for extreme actions
In both American and Iranian students, thoughts of death increase support for extreme actions ranging from suicide bombings to military raids where civilians are likely victims, according to the first study of the role fear plays in attitudes toward the conflict in the Middle East. - 4/26/06

US Official Says Iraq Reconstruction Facing Serious Obstacles
A U.S. government official has told Congress Iraq's new government will require long-term U.S. and international assistance if reconstruction efforts are to succeed. The official provided a list of challenges facing the new Iraqi government. -VOA - 4/26/06

U.S. Says Threats Deepen Tehran's Isolation
U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice says that a threat by Iran's president to cut ties with the UN nuclear watchdog agency over the nuclear crisis is deepening the country's isolation from the international community. -RFE - 4/26/06

Khamenei Warns US Against Attacking Iran
Iran's supreme leader has warned that American interests around the world will be harmed if the United States launches an attack on the Islamic Republic. -VOA - 4/26/06

Persian Gulf joins Iran's commercial fleet
The largest bulk containership of Iran's commercial fleet is to be launched in the Chinese port of Shanghai on Tuesday. -Mehr - 4/26/06

Enmity and pragmatism converge in Iraq
In the course of seven years, Iran signed two Algiers agreements with profound implications for its long-term domestic and foreign policies. The first one, agreed in 1975, settled a border dispute between Iran and Iraq. The second endorsed a "mutually acceptable resolution" to the 444-day hostage crisis between Iran and the United States. -Sanam Vakil, Daily Star - 4/26/06

Iran won't discuss 2nd nuclear program
Iran has told the International Atomic Energy Agency that it would refuse to answer questions about a second, secret uranium enrichment program whose existence was disclosed by President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad this month, according to European and U.S. diplomats. -New York Times - 4/26/06

Rice Says Turkey Shares Concern Over Iran
Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice is in Ankara for talks with Turkish leaders on Iran's nuclear program and developments in neighboring Iraq. -VOA - 4/26/06

Rice vows action on Iranian official with green card
Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice expressed concern yesterday about the case of a high-ranking Iranian official who arrived last month in the United States on a green card and said the Bush administration "will take proper action" once it has established the facts of the case. -Washington Times - 4/26/06

German brothel ad angers Muslims
A Cologne brothel touting for clients with a World Cup-themed banner has blacked out the flags of Iran and Saudi Arabia after threats from Muslims. -BBC - 4/26/06

Texas machismo may lead U.S. to attack Iran over nuclear threat
Personally, I don't believe we can stop Iran's nuclear program short of war. They are trying to build a nuclear bomb, and eventually they'll succeed. Yet I am not nearly as worried about what they will do with their bomb as I am about what we will do with ours. -Gainesville Times - 4/26/06

CASMII sponsored meeting in NY: What we need to know to resist a war against Iran
Join Action Wednesdays Against War for this important conversation, designed to provide critical information about the crisis and opportunities for solidarity with progressive political movements in Iran and with anti-war forces throughout the world. - 4/26/06

Iran's private sector to build 2 industrial towns in Qazvin
The private sector will build two industrial specialized towns in Qazvin Province, Mohammad Baqer Aqa-Alikhani, the chairman of the province's Industries and Mines Department said on Tuesday. -Mehr - 4/26/06

Oil firms eye Iran energy deals despite sanction threat
As the clock ticks toward possible economic sanctions on Iran, foreign oil companies keen to gain a foothold in the country's massive hydrocarbon industry are as eager as ever to do business with the Islamic republic. -MarketWatch - 4/26/06

Do not attack Iran
Iran's announcement that it has enriched a minute amount of uranium has unleashed urgent calls for a preventive U.S. air strike by the same sources that earlier urged war on Iraq. -Zbigniew Brzezinski, IHT - 4/26/06

Azerbaijan: Aliyev's U.S. Visit Will Be Closely Watched
Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev today travels to Washington for talks with President George W. Bush and other top U.S. administration officials. It is Aliyev's first trans-Atlantic visit since his election in 2003. -RFE - 4/26/06

Symposium on "Persian Gulf Studies; Culture and Civilization" to be held at Tehran University
This symposium, which is mainly on historical, geographical, social and political subjects, is to be held on the first and second of November 2006 at Tehran University. -ISNA - 4/26/06

Iranian women pleased with president's decree on watching sporting events in stadiums
Following President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad's directive allowing women to watch sporting events in stadiums, women from all walks of life have welcomed this and expressed their satisfaction with it. -IRNA - 4/26/06

Bush's right flank balks at Iran saber-rattling
As President Bush plans his strategy for dealing with Iran, amid growing alarm about both the advanced state of its nuclear program and the belligerence of its president, few Democrats are willing to take the military option off the table. But the anti-Bush conservatives running the three-year-old American Conservative magazine are willing to do so. -Boston Globe - 4/26/06

Talk to Iran, President Bush
The undersigned, a group of former foreign ministers from Europe and North America, find disturbing the reports that the Bush administration may be actively planning to launch military strikes soon against possible nuclear weapons facilities in Iran. -IHT - 4/26/06

SAF paves way for access to mental health resources in Iranian educational system
The existing system of education in Iran is a study in contrasts, with a wide discrepancy in the resources available to students and educators both between and within different regions. While some schools have access to proper and up-to-date resources, many are lacking in vital areas. Information and Communication Technologies is a key means to bridge this growing gap. - 4/26/06

Armenians rally in Tehran
On the occasion of 91st anniversary of killing of Armenians by the Ottoman Turks in 1915, many of Tehrani Armenians rally in the city streets in protest to the killing. -IRNA - 4/25/06

Iran's unemployment rate tops 12.1 percent in winter: official
Head of Iran Statistic Center (ISC) said on Monday that the unemployment rate topped 12.1 percent in winter. The ISC had put the unemployment rate at 10.8 percent and 10.9 percent for last fall and summer, respectively. - 4/25/06

Abbas Edalat Scottish Tour
Speaking tour by Prof. Abbas Edalat. Stop the drive to nuclear war on Iran! -Iran Solidarity - 4/25/06

Iran threatens to end UN contacts
Iran's chief nuclear negotiator, Ali Larijani, has said his country will suspend contacts with the UN's nuclear watchdog if sanctions are imposed. -BBC - 4/25/06

Why Bush Is Going Nuclear
Well, here it is, three years later, and Bush is claiming that Iran has a well-hidden nuclear weapons program, much of it in deep-earth bunkers. -Gordon Prather, - 4/25/06

Iran not insisting on completely home-made N-fuel: Larijani
Iran's chief nuclear negotiator, who addressed an international conference dubbed "Iran's Nuclear Energy Program: Policies and Prospects", noted there is no international rule on supply of fuel required by nuclear power plants. -IRNA - 4/25/06

Iranian President Insists Nuclear Activities Are Transparent
The Iranian president used his press conference to reiterate much of what he has said before about Tehran's controversial nuclear activities. -RFE - 4/25/06

Iran rules out Iraq talks with US
Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad says talks with the US on Iraq are no longer needed now that a "stable" government is being set up in Baghdad. -BBC - 4/25/06

Rice to Discuss Iran, Iraq with Turkey's Leaders
U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice will be arriving in Turkey Tuesday on a day-long working visit to discuss developments in Iran, Iraq and other issues of common interest. -VOA - 4/25/06

Program in San Diego: Will America use nuclear weapons in military showdown with Iran?
A Panel Discussion on U.S.-Iran Crisis- a potential war or sanctions and its intended and unintended consequences. -AIAP - 4/25/06

Earthquakes jolt northern, southern, central Iran
Three separate earthquakes measuring 3.6 to 3.8 on the Richter scale jolted the northern, southern and central parts of Iran Monday evening and early Tuesday morning. -IRNA - 4/25/06

Iran ready to help US change its attitude in region: Official
Secretary of the Supreme National Security Council (SNSC) Ali Larijani said in Tehran on Tuesday that the time was ripe for the United States to change its attitude in the region, and offered Iran's help in this regard. -IRNA - 4/25/06

Pakistan Stressed by US Designs on Iran
As the crisis around Iran over its alleged nuclear ambitions assumes an ugly shape, Pakistan finds itself once again under enormous political pressure because of aggressive United States policy toward a Muslim country in its immediate neighborhood. -IPS - 4/25/06

Strike Iran, Watch Pakistan and Turkey Fall
"Our society is run by insane people for insane objectives. I think we're being run by maniacs for maniacal ends and I think I'm liable to be put away as insane for expressing that. That's what's insane about it." John Lennon -Counterpunch - 4/25/06

Time's Arrow: The Coming Nuclear Epiphany in Persia
Twelve hours. One circuit of the sun from horizon to horizon, one course of the moon from dusk to dawn. What was once a natural measurement for the daily round of human life is now a doom-laden interval between the voicing of an autocrat's brutal whim and the infliction of mass annihilation halfway around the world. - 4/25/06

Iran: Women At Sports Events A Victory, But 'Not Enough'
RFE/RL correspondent Golnaz Esfandiari talked on April 24 with a prominent women's rights activist, Mahboubeh Abbass-Gholizadeh, about the reversal. She calls the decision the result of pressure by activists. - 4/25/06

Analysis: Rivalries Heat Up Among Iran's Conservatives
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. -RFE - 4/25/06

Nuking Iran into Becoming Democratic
The Bush administration's post-cold war policy of 'promoting democracy' in Iran may be ascribed to America's strategic concerns for energy and security; however, Iranians' struggle for a modern and democratic Iran can be traced to as far back as a century ago, beginning with the Constitutional Revolution of 1906. -Jalal Alavi, UK - 4/24/06

Iranian President Allows Women To Attend Sports Matches
Iranian President Mahmud Ahmadinejad has ordered women to be allowed to enter sports stadiums and to attend games involving the national soccer team. -RFE - 4/24/06

Iran retains Asian taekwondo runner-up title
Iran finished runner-up for the third consecutive year in the 17th Asian taekwondo event in Bangkok, capital of Thailand, Sunday. -IRNA - 4/24/06

'Attack on Iran Strengthens Its Regime'
Iranian scholars comment on possible U.S. military action -Ohmy News - 4/24/06

Slighting China, Threatening Iran
The slights and disruptions at Bush’s meeting with President Hu of China did not make for a diplomatic success. But beneath them are greater strains that may do real damage. -Progressive - 4/24/06

Iran to decide on date of US-Iran talks on Iraq
Iran will decide the date and agenda of talks with the United States on Iraq, Iran's acting Charge d'Affaires to Iraq Hossein Zolanvar said. -IRNA - 4/24/06

Iran Post Company to go private
line with new policies of the government, Iran Post Company is to be ceded to the private sector, according to Persian daily `Iran'. -IRNA - 4/24/06

US Official: Iraqi PM Nominee is Tough-Minded Leader
The U.S. Ambassador to Iraq says the man named to be the new Iraqi prime minister has the reputation of being a strong leader. More importantly, the candidate is acceptable to the country's Kurds and Sunni Arabs - who had opposed the previous nomination. -VOA - 4/24/06

Iranian President castigates Western governments' anti-Semitic policy
Iran's President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad Monday accused Western governments of being anti-Semitic and said such an anti-semitic policy by Western governments forced the Jews to leave the West and come to Palestine. -IRNA - 4/24/06

Iran welcomes establishment of Iraqi government
Foreign Minister Manouchehr Mottaki said on Sunday that the Islamic Republic of Iran welcomes the establishment of permanent Iraqi government and new series of appointments for government posts by the new Iraqi parliament. -IRNA - 4/24/06

Oil minister: Iran to continue exporting oil
Oil Minister Seyed Kazem Vaziri-Hamaneh said on Monday that Iran will not stop exporting oil, just as it continued it during eight years of the Iraqi-imposed war. -IRNA - 4/24/06

Iran Split
Foreign Office lawyers have formally advised Jack Straw that it would be illegal under international law for Britain to support any US-led military action against Iran. -Sunday Herald - 4/24/06

Good Terrorist and Bad Terrorist?
To Mr. Jack Layton, Leader of NDP, House of Commons, Canada - We would like to request you to address the Iranian Community's concerns regarding the reality that certain members of the Conservatives and Liberal Caucuses are receiving support from and meeting regularly with an exile group of Iranians aligned with Neo -Cons in the U.S. -Saeed Soltanpour - 4/24/06

Iran's Brain Drain: 200,000 graduates trying to go abroad
Statistics indicate that 200,000 Iranian graduates try to leave the country annually, an official told IRNA. Alireza Haqiqi, official in charge of Iranian Expatriates Knowledge and Innovation Network, added some of the graduates choose other countries for their scientific activities. -IRNA - 4/24/06

"Life should go on as long as there are poppies": Mohebie School for the Blind
Last Thursday I went to see Mr Lavasani at the Mohebie School for the Blind. It is a residential centre which was opened in 1963 and has several buildings some of which were added to the school later, built by donation. I went there, with an appointment, on behalf of Popli Foundation on a fact finding mission. -Syma Sayyah, Tehran - 4/24/06

Attack Iran, Ignore the Constitution
During the 2004 election, George W. Bush famously proclaimed that he didn't have to ask anyone's permission to defend America. Does that mean he can attack Iran without having to ask Congress? A new Congressional resolution being drafted by Representative Peter DeFazio, a Democrat from Oregon, can be a vehicle to remind Bush that he can't. -Nation - 4/23/06

Anti-Iranian Hysteria
It’s both fascinating and dismaying watching the manufactured ‘crisis’ over Iran reach new intensity each week. - 4/23/06

US and UK develop democracy strategy for Iran
The US and UK are working on a strategy to promote democratic change in Iran, according to officials who see the joint effort as the start of a new phase in the diplomatic campaign to counter the Islamic republic’s nuclear programme without resorting to military intervention. -Financial Times - 4/23/06

U.S. suggests Iran sanctions not linked to UN
The Bush administration called on Friday for Russia and the countries of Europe to impose their own penalties on Iran over its suspected nuclear arms program if no agreement on sanctions could be reached soon at the United Nations Security Council. -New York Times - 4/23/06

Protests Force Bush to Relocate Hoover Meeting
Although President George W. Bush was scheduled to meet with fellows at the Hoover Institution on Friday, the presence of more than 1,000 protestors forced him to change his plans and meet with advisers and faculty members at the residence of former Secretary of State and Hoover Fellow George Shultz on the outskirts of the Stanford campus. -Stanford Daily - 4/23/06

Total criticizes buy-back scheme in Iran's oil & gas industries
A Total envoy to Iran said on Friday that buy-back is not the right scheme for transfer of technology and know-how. -IRNA - 4/22/06

US Sees Changed Atmosphere on Iran Nuclear Issue
The Bush administration said Friday it sees a changed atmosphere with regard to possible international action against Iran, following Tehran's claims in recent days of advances in its nuclear program. -VOA - 4/22/06

OPEC not to make new decisions: Iranian Oil minister
Iranian Minister of Oil Kazem Vaziri-Hamaneh said on Saturday no new decisions will be made by members of the Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) during the 10th International Energy Forum that is to begin in Doha on Sunday. -IRNA - 4/22/06

Missile exports to Iran alarm US
Washington has asked Moscow to reconsider selling Iran anti-aircraft missiles as the crisis over its nuclear programme continues. -BBC - 4/22/06

As Iran Presses Its Ambitions, Its Young See Theirs Denied
The question that preoccupies most of Iran lay coiled in the sullen stare of Abbas Kayhan, 25 years old and stuck behind the counter of his father's corner store. It pulled his heavy brow even lower and traveled down a forearm that shuddered in anger with each word. -Washington Post - 4/22/06

Sanctions threat adds to Iran uncertainty: World Bank
The threat of sanctions against Iran over its uranium enrichment program is likely to increase private sector uncertainty about the country, a World Bank economist said on Friday. -Reuters - 4/22/06

Bush's Nutty Nuclear Braggadocio
The quandary in which Bush finds himself regarding Iran’s apparent quest for nuclear weapons is only the latest example in an astonishing series of national security blunders. -TruthDig - 4/22/06

Iranian-Americans join protest rally in San Jose during Bush visit
On Thursday I saw a press release issued by Bay Area Iranian-American Democrats (BAIAD) about a rally organized on Friday April 21st in front of Cisco campus in San Jose to greet the visiting President Bush. It was a short notice. But regardless I decided to take advantage of this rare opportunity and be heard by my president. -Ali Moayedian - 4/22/06

Iran: The Day After
The airwaves and the headlines are full of talk of a U.S. military strike against Iran. That is as it should be - the danger of such a reckless move is real, and rising, and we should be talking about it. The Bush administration claims that negotiations are their first choice. But they have gone to war based on lies before, and there is no reason to believe that they are telling the truth this time. -Phyllis Bennis, Common Dreams - 4/21/06

Antagonism of Iran and Gazprom in the South Caucasus
Interview with Noravank Foundation expert Sevak Sarukhanyan -Regnum - 4/21/06

Appetite For War With Iran Waning In Congress
Support for military action against Iran is swiftly decreasing on Capitol Hill while support for stronger diplomatic measures, including direct US-Iran negotiations is gaining ground, Republican and Democrat staffers tell NIAC. - 4/21/06

Russia Will Not Agree to Iran Sanctions Without Proof
Russia says again it will not agree to sanctions against Iran until Moscow sees hard evidence that Tehran's nuclear program is not for peaceful purposes. -VOA - 4/21/06

Interview: Oil Expert Explains What's Driving Record High Prices
Oil prices have climbed steadily since 2004, and today they rose again to new record highs of more than $74 a barrel. What's driving prices -- and can they be brought back down? Government officials and oil executives from more than 65 nations will be asking those same questions when they gather in Qatar on April22-23 at a meeting of the International Energy Forum. -RFE - 4/21/06

Is Tabriz the Original 'Garden of Eden?'
Iranian poet, writer, and filmmaker Ata Servati says that he has come to believe Eden was located by the city of Tabriz -ANS - 4/21/06

Tell Congress and the UN Security Council: Don't Attack Iran!
United for Peace and Justice opposes any military action against Iran, as well as covert action and sanctions. We reject the doctrine of "preventive war." All diplomatic solutions must be pursued. - 4/21/06

Iran: Don't Do It
As the rumbles of war are heard over the horizon, many feel they've heard this whole story before. But with all due respect to those who correctly ascertained in advance that backing Bush's march on Baghdad was insane, following the neoconservatives to Teheran would be far, far, far more insane. -TomPaine - 4/21/06

Simmering Baluchi Insurgency in Pakistan Complicates Regional Relations
For decades, Pakistan's Baluchistan Province has been the scene of sporadic clashes between government troops and guerrillas who are fighting for autonomy. Baluchistan borders Iran and Afghanistan, and is Pakistan's largest and most sparsely populated province. -RFE - 4/21/06

Iran Still Years Away from Having Nukes: US Intelligence Chief
US intelligence chief John Negroponte said Iran's resumption of uranium enrichment is "troublesome" but the country is still years away from having enough fissile material to make a nuclear weapon. -AFP - 4/21/06

The strangest bedfellows
EACH DAY'S NEWS from Iraq highlights a veiled reality: that American and Iranian interests overlap there significantly. Iran, which has influence on the main Shi'ite factions in Iraq, has declared it will take part in talks with the United States about ways to bring stability to Iraq. -Boston Globe - 4/21/06

Afghan history's warning to UK troops
The British have made some disastrous decisions in Afghanistan - one led to one of the worst massacres in the UK's military history. -BBC - 4/21/06

Iranian-Americans Seek a Better Solution than Bombing Iran: Protest Rally in San Jose
Bay Area Iranian-American Democrats (BAIAD) announced today that it is organizing a peaceful rally in opposition to military strikes against Iran. Taking advantage of President Bush and Governor Schwarzenegger’s joint visit to Cisco Systems, this rally will be held on Friday, April 21 in front of Cisco Systems’ campus at 170 W. Tasman Drive, San Jose, CA 95134, from 1:00 to 4:00pm - 4/21/06

Senate Appropriators Fully Fund Iran Democracy Initiatives
On April 5, 2006, the Senate Appropriations Committee by a wide margin approved a war and hurricane relief supplemental spending plan which included $75 million in funding for Iran pro-democracy programs. -NIAC - 4/21/06

Israel may strike Iranian nuclear facilities before the end of 2006
Israel may diffuse the standoff over Iran’s nuclear program by striking Iranian nuclear facilities before the year’s end. Lately the Western and Israeli military and analysts have been talking more and more about this option of last resort. -Pravda - 4/21/06

The tragedy that followed Hillary Clinton's bombing of Iran in 2009
In retaliation, suicide bombers trained by Tehran massacred civilians in Tel Aviv, London and New York -Guardian - 4/21/06

Blair and Straw at odds over US action in Iran
Jack Straw has warned Cabinet colleagues that it would be illegal for Britain to support the United States in military action against Iran. But Tony Blair has backed President George Bush by warning that ruling out military action would send out a "message of weakness" to Iran. -Independent - 4/21/06

US Claims 'Momentum Shift' Toward Iran Nuclear Sanctions
The United States said Thursday momentum is shifting toward the imposition of sanctions against Iran, following talks in Moscow on the Iranian nuclear program by permanent U.N. Security Council member states. The United States says it will press for sanctions in the Security Council next month. -VOA - 4/21/06

Knowing Why Not To Bomb Iran Is Half the Battle
One of my teachers, a former chief of Israeli military intelligence, used to say that going to war is not like asking a girl out on a date. It is a very serious decision, to be made on the basis of carefully crafted answers to even more carefully crafted questions. -Martin van Creveld, Forward - 4/21/06

Analysts Debate U.S. Options for Iran
As Iran continues to defy the United Nations Security Council by enriching uranium -- a process that could lead to building nuclear weapons -- the international community is looking at ways to prevent Tehran from continuing its enrichment program. The Security Council might consider sanctions when it meets April 28. -VOA - 4/21/06

Jasmine and roses, mint and the moonlight
Senses and memories come alive in a Persian garden. But is it possible to recapture that experience in Los Angeles? -Los Angeles Times - 4/21/06

A Path to Peace with Iran
Iran isn't close to developing a nuclear weapon, and is still a member of the nuclear non-proliferation treaty. The antiwar movement must now forge new alliances to prevent an Iran confrontation. -Scott Ritter, AlterNet - 4/21/06

"Fish Fall in Love" wins best film award at French filmfest
Iranian director Ali Rafiei's "Fish Fall in Love" won the Best Film award at the 7th Aubagne International Film Festival, held from April 10 to 15 in France, the Iranian Students News Agency (ISNA) reported on Tuesday. -Mehr - 4/21/06

Death Penalty: 20,000 on death row across the world
In its latest annual analysis on the use of the death penalty worldwide, Amnesty International also disclosed that at least 2,148 people were executed during 2005 in 22 countries -- 94 percent in China, Iran, Saudi Arabia and the USA alone. 5,186 people were sentenced to death in 53 countries during 2005. - 4/20/06

Iran Defense Chief Visits Azerbaijan Amid Nuclear Standoff
Iran's defense minister arrived today in Azerbaijan for talks expected to focus on military cooperation between the two neighbors. Yet, Azerbaijani political experts believe there could be more to Mostafa Mohammad-Najjar's three-day visit, which comes amid growing speculation that the United States may ask Baku to contribute to possible military plans against Tehran. -RFE - 4/20/06

Vollyeball Tournament (Jum Ettehad) by the United Cup Foundation in San Jose, California
So, what do you say? How about putting a team of friends together and take part in this "one of the kind" volleyball event at one of the kind sporting complex in the Northern California? - 4/20/06

Iranian actress Pupak Goldarreh dies at 35
Iranian actress Pupak Goldarreh died at the age of 35 in Tehran's Mehr Hospital on Friday evening after being in a coma for eight months as result of a car crash in northern Iran, an official of the hospital reported. -Mehr - 4/20/06

Iran uses its nuclear program to manipulate USA and global economy
Another war in the Middle East is looming. It seems that the USA is seriously considering an opportunity to invade Iran as long as the country proudly reported success in the uranium-enriching research. -Pravda - 4/20/06

Iranian official's presence in U.S. raises entry queries
The Bush administration yesterday was at a loss to explain the rare presence in Washington of an Iranian government official who slipped into the United States under mysterious circumstances, apparently to attend a scholarly conference. -Washington Times - 4/20/06

A hit in Iran: Observations on golf
Dressed in a brown jacket, faded blue jeans and a Paisley hijab, Tala addresses the tee, pauses, and hits another ball with military precision. "She's going to go a long way," beams Sam, her proud husband and coach. "Tala's just joined the Iranian national team and we're practising for a big sand tournament in the south. She's got a really smooth swing." -New Statesman - 4/20/06

War game will focus on situation with Iran
Amid rising tensions between the United States and Iran over the future of Iran's nuclear program, the Pentagon is planning a war game in July so officials can explore options for a crisis involving Iran. -USA Today - 4/20/06

Mideast 'axis' forms against West
Rising tension between the West and Iran is coinciding with the emergence of a loose anti-Western alliance - Israel now dubs it an "axis of terror" - spanning the Middle East, presenting a new challenge to the US's regional ambitions. -CSM - 4/20/06

Egyptian, French Presidents Call for Diplomacy on Iran
The presidents of Egypt and France are urging other nations to pursue diplomatic rather than military solutions to the nuclear standoff with Iran. After meeting in Cairo, they warned that the use of force could destabilize the region and the world. -VOA - 4/20/06

MPO earmarks $20b for improvement of Iran's transportation system
Some $20 billion have been earmarked for the improvement of the nation's transportation system in the next five years, noted Farhad Rahbar, chairman of the Management and Planning Organization (MPO). -Mehr - 4/20/06

Iranian Irony
"When it came to pinning the terrorist label on the Saddam Government," Dilip Hiro wrote in 2004 ("Secrets and Lies," p. 381), "all the Bush administration had to do was point a finger at the Mujahedin-e Khalq Organization (MKO, People's Mujahedin). -OpEdNews - 4/20/06

Iranian gold rush highlights escalating tensions
With the war of words over Iran’s nuclear programme escalating and the domestic economy stalling, Iranians are scrambling to buy gold coins, sending their value soaring by 32 per cent in the past two months. -Financial Times - 4/20/06

Waterfilling Sivand Dam to be discussed June 2006
The exact date for waterfilling of Sivand Dam is to be determined in a joint meeting on June 5, between Energy Ministry and Cultural Heritage and Tourism Organization (CHTO), an official at the ministry noted on Saturday. -Mehr - 4/20/06

Iran: Tehran Police Launch New Campaign To Combat 'Un-Islamic' Dress
Authorities in Iran have announced a crackdown against citizens who offend the country's strict Islamic dress code. Police chief Morteza Talaei said on April 18 that officers will deal harshly with offenders, beginning on April 21. Such announcements frequently accompany the onset of warmer weather. Will this effort prove more successful than conservative-led crackdowns in the past? -RFE - 4/20/06

Congressman Kucinich Demands Answers From Administration About US Troops In Iran
Congressman Dennis J. Kucinich (D-OH), Ranking Democrat on the House Government Reform Subcommittee on National Security, Emerging Threats and International Relations, sent the following letter to President George W. Bush today about the presence of US troops in Iran - 4/20/06

Prominent U.S. Physicists Send Letter to President Bush, Call Nuclear Weapons Against Iran 'Gravely Irresponsible'
Thirteen of the nation’s most prominent physicists have written a letter to President Bush, calling U.S. plans to reportedly use nuclear weapons against Iran “gravely irresponsible” and warning that such action would have “disastrous consequences for the security of the United States and the world.” - 4/19/06

US Senators Call for Direct Talks with Iran
Iran's recent announcement it has developed enriched uranium for its nuclear program will be under discussion this week as G-8 diplomats meet in Moscow. Meanwhile some U.S. senators say it's time for direct talks with Teheran on a number of issues. -VOA - 4/19/06

Iran: Reformist Student Group Calls For Suspension Of Nuclear Activities
Iran's largest pro-reform student group, the Office To Foster Unity (Daftare Tahkim 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." -RFE - 4/19/06

Iran garners more medals in Asian weightlifting championships
Iranian weightlifters collected a host of colorful medals at the 4th Asian Junior Inter-Clubs Championships in Tashkent on Tuesday and Wednesday. -IRNA - 4/19/06

Open letter to President Bush by an Iranian academic
Mr. President, I am writing to you in the name of peace and in the name of human dignity. And in the absence of a balanced debate in Western political, academic and media circles on the issue of Iran’s nuclear energy program, I would humbly invite Your Excellency to spend a few minutes of your most valuable time to read an alternative argument about the said issue for the sake of peace and preservation of human dignity. -Pirouz Mojtahed-Zadeh - 4/19/06

Iran War Drumbeat Has a Familiar Rhythm
The drumbeat in some Washington foreign policy circles for "regime change" in Iran has striking similarities to the run-up to the Iraq invasion, and is being led by some of the usual suspects – like the American Enterprise Institute's Michael Ledeen. - 4/19/06

US refuses to discuss Iran's nuclear plans in face-to-face talks on Iraq
Although the US is resisting pressure to deal with Iran's nuclear ambitions through direct talks with Tehran, rather than sanctions or military strikes, it still intends to meet senior Iranian officials for discussions on Iraq at which it will demand an end to Iranian meddling, according to Zalmay Khalilzad, the US ambassador in Baghdad. -Guardian - 4/19/06

Rumsfeld's Fall Drags Hawks in Its Wake
Despite White House efforts to put an end to the controversy, the battle over the fate of Pentagon chief Donald Rumsfeld shows little sign of abating. And the outcome, which is by no means certain, could well determine the trajectory of U.S. policy in key areas -- including Iraq, Iran and even China -- through the remaining two and a half years of George W. Bush's presidency. -IPS - 4/19/06

Breaking the silence
The overwrought response to John Mearsheimer and Stephen Walt's brave paper only confirms its thesis. -Salon - 4/19/06

No plan B - so could the US ever learn to live with Iran in the nuclear club?
The Bush administration has yet to decide on a clear plan B for Iran if diplomacy and sanctions fail to persuade Tehran to abandon its nuclear ambitions. But military planning is progressing to fill that policy vacuum and may create a momentum of its own, former administration officials and political observers said yesterday. -Guardian - 4/19/06

Iran and the West
The presidency of Mr. Ahmadinejad has managed to place Iran in the crossroads of a major decision: should Iran continue to defy the west, or should it cave in and work with the International community? -Shahriar Mossaded, New Jersey - 4/19/06

Iranian Police to Crack Down on 'Social Corruption'
Iranian police say they plan to begin a strict crackdown on social corruption issues, including women violating Islamic dress code. -VOA - 4/19/06

Straw: 'World not split on Iran'
Iran has failed in its attempts to split the international community over the response to its nuclear programme, Foreign Secretary Jack Straw has said. -BBC - 4/19/06

Report: Blair will not back Iran strike
British government sources say the prime minister will support diplomatic moves, but not military actions. -CSM - 4/19/06

Oil Prices Sharply Higher - American Consumers Looking for Alternatives
Crude oil futures hit $70 a barrel for the first time in seven-and-a-half months Monday, pushed higher by concerns over declining gasoline stocks in the United States, supply disruptions in Nigeria and tension over Iran's nuclear program. -VOA - 4/19/06

Iraqi FM says he will attend Iran-US talks
Iraqi Foreign Minister Hoshyar Zebari said on Tuesday that he will take part in upcoming talks between Iran and the United States tentatively scheduled to be held after the formation of a new Iraqi government. -IRNA - 4/19/06

Iran Nuclear Talks Continue In Moscow
Senior diplomats from the five veto-wielding permanent members of the UN Security Council -- the United States, Britain, France, China, and Russia -- plus Germany are due to meet in Moscow this evening (April 18) in the latest attempt to break the Iran nuclear impasse. -RFE - 4/19/06

Azerbaijan leader's U.S. visit raises eyebrows
Aliyev's invitation arrived at time of increasing diplomatic difficulties between the United States and both Russian and Iran, two counties that border Azerbaijan. -New York Times - 4/19/06

Amid Threats, Some Republicans Seek Talks on Iran
Amid a new escalation in threats between the United States and Iran over Tehran's nuclear program, some prominent Republicans are calling for the administration of U.S. President George W. Bush to engage Tehran in direct talks. -IPS - 4/19/06

Russia Urges Iran to Halt Uranium Enrichment
Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov says Iran must heed the international call to stop work linked to controversial uranium enrichment, if it hopes to find a way out of the tense standoff over its nuclear program. -VOA - 4/19/06

How Long Will Fail to Oppose Bombing Iran? sent out an email with the subject line Don't Nuke Iran to three million people on April 12. "There is one place where all of us can agree: Americans don't support a pre-emptive nuclear attack on Iran, and Congress must act to prevent the president from launching one before it's too late," the message said. -Norman Solomon, Common Dreams - 4/19/06

Poem: The elevator man of Jam hospital
Which floor he says. Six. -Leylanaz Shajii, Tehran - 4/19/06

Common Cultural Values Stressed in Caspian Sea Festival
Performance of eastern traditional music fascinated the audiences in the second day of the festival of Caspian Sea Common Cultural Heritage currently held in Iran. -CHN - 4/18/06

Iran's leader warns 'aggressors'
Iran's President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad has warned his country's military would deal with any attack by "cutting the hand of the aggressor". -BBC - 4/18/06

The Dragon and The Eagle Meet
U.S.–China ties, note some observers, are evolving into one of the most important international relationships of the 21st century. But the differences between these two powerful nations and uncertainties over China's future are putting a strain on that relationship. -VOA - 4/18/06

The Revolt of the Generals
They want Rummy out – but is that enough? - 4/18/06

Think imaginatively about Iran
Even were one to believe that, despite its low and stagnant per capita gross national product and having the world's second-largest reserves of petroleum and natural gas, Iran would invest uneconomically in nuclear power generation, one would also have to disbelieve that it wanted nuclear weapons. -Mark Helprin, San Francisco Examiner - 4/18/06

World Oil Prices Soar Above $70 A Barrel
US surfer walks past a gas price sign along Pacific Coast Highway, californis, April 13, 2006 World oil prices rose sharply Monday on concerns about the supply of crude oil in the key U.S. market, and worries that political problems may crimp supplies from Iran and other oil producers. -VOA - 4/18/06

In the spring of 1936--seventy years ago--Hitler's Germany occupied the Rhineland. France's Léon Blum denounced this as "unacceptable." But France did nothing. As did the British. And the United States.-William Kristol, Weekly Standard - 4/18/06

Bush desperately needs new ideas on Iran
The second Bush administration has been particularly busy with Iran policy, putting in motion a number of initiatives that contrast in style with its earlier policies. The bottom line? Success is unlikely; the administration's determination to take a morally pure stance on a regime it finds distasteful undermines its ability to build strong alliances, forge an international consensus, and promote peaceful democratic change in a country of strategic consequence. -Ellen Lapson, Daily Star - 4/18/06

Europe's crude import from Iran up by 165%
Russia, Norway, Saudi Arabia, Libya, Algeria and Iran are the main oil suppliers to the EU countries with Iran registering four and six percent of the total in 2004 and 2005 correspondingly. -Mehr - 4/18/06

Tehran To Donate $50 Million To Hamas-Led Palestinian Government
The United States and the European Union have cut off financial support to the newly elected Hamas-led government, and Israel has frozen the transfer of tax and customs revenues. That has left the already stretched Palestinian Authority desperately short of funding. -RFE - 4/18/06

Essential that we do whatever possible to prevent a war on Iran
Sir, As three Iranian British academics, we are writing to express our grave concerns about the growing threat of war against Iran. It is essential that we do whatever is possible to prevent such a disaster. -Haleh Afshar, Ziba Mir-Hosseini and Elaheh Rostami-Povey - 4/18/06

First Domestic Fabricated Plane Engine in Iran
Iranian aviation specialists have successfully designed and manufactured the first domestic fabricated plane engine. -ISNA - 4/18/06

Central Asia: Nature Waits For Cross-Border Sanctuaries To Catch On
In an effort to curb biodiversity loss in some of nature's most blighted regions, some governments are teaming up with their neighbors to set up cross-border protected areas. Such projects seek to reverse destruction that threatens to make life unsustainable for thousands of species of plants and animals and help local communities take care of their environment. -RFE - 4/18/06

Afghanistan's new militant alliances
There is nothing the Western intelligence agencies would like more than to see Iran tarred with involvement in militancy in Afghanistan -BBC - 4/18/06

Iran to export 44 tons of Persian sturgeon this year
Iran is the only country among other Caspian Sea littoral states that has been able to export over 87 percent of its Caviar export quota set for 2006, noted director of the International Sturgeon Research Institute of Iran, Mohammad Purkazemi. -Mehr - 4/18/06

Date of Iran-US talks on Iraq not fixed yet: FM spokesman
Iran's Foreign Ministry spokesman Hamid-Reza Asefi said on Tuesday that Iran decided to hold talks with the United States on Iraq though there has been negative view in this respect. -IRNA - 4/18/06

Rafsanjani: US invasion of Iran 'very unlikely'
Expediency Council Chairman Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani said in Kuwait on Tuesday that US attack on Iran is 'very unlikely' and Tehran believes the Persian Gulf littoral states will under no condition cooperate with Iran's enemies in that case. -IRNA - 4/18/06

Catholics build ties with Iran's Muslims
Switzerland's Catholic Church is sending a delegation to Iran on Monday as part of ongoing efforts to foster dialogue with the country's Muslim majority. -Swiss Info - 4/18/06

Diplomats to Meet in Moscow on Iran Nuclear Standoff
The United States says it hopes to discuss with other world powers Tuesday in Moscow steps they can take in response to Iran's defiance of the U.N. Security Council over its nuclear program. Diplomats from the five permanent U.N. Security Council member states and other countries convene for two days of meetings in the Russian capital. -VOA - 4/18/06

Cutting a Deal With Tehran
Washington should leave its ambitions for regime change to developments within Iran—namely, prosperity and a sense of security -Mahmood Sariolghalam, Newsweek - 4/18/06

Iran and the NPT
Since the beginning of this new manufactured crisis, the so called mainstream media has done everything in its power to conceal the facts and spin the details in a way that advances the warmongers objectives. -Daniel M Pourkesali - 4/18/06

Iranian diplomat comments on Iraq situation
Iran's charge d'affaires in Iraq, Hassan Kazemi Qomi, said on Monday that Iran believes the new Iraqi government must be formed without any question of interference, adding, "Maybe the shadow of the Iran-U.S. talks hanging over Iraq will not have a positive effect on this matter." -Mehr - 4/18/06

Feeling of Security
Sitting here in the Corner of my room, working on my translation of Freedom of Expression[1], suddenly an idea crossed my mind that solved a long standing puzzle. I realized why I have been increasingly reluctant to leave my house. This odd feeling started to appear after the presidential election in last summer and has constantly increased ever since, so much so that now not only my reluctance to leave 'home' has increased, but I am unable to keep even my car's window open while driving through the city, despite the beautiful spring weather. -Roya Monajem, Tehran - 4/18/06

Amnesty or Retribution?
Soudabeh Ardavan's book of illustrations about torture in Iranian prisons entitled Yaadnegaarehaaye Zendaan, (Reminiscences of Prison Years) published in Sweden is one that is worth revisiting. -Fariba Amini - 4/17/06

Iran brushes off uranium worries
Iran has again insisted it will keep enriching uranium in spite of growing international concern that it is pursuing nuclear weapons. -BBC - 4/17/06

Grand Theft Babylon
Beneath the bellows over Iran and the mayhem in Iraq, the real struggle for Mideast dominance quietly unfolds. As petrostates around the globe exert increasing command over their energy assets, Iraq is on the verge of ceding theirs to the control of American and British oil companies. - 4/17/06

Iran Has Raised Efforts to Obtain U.S. Arms Illegally, Officials Say
The Iranian government has intensified efforts to illegally obtain weapons technology from the United States, contracting with dealers across the country for spare parts to maintain its aging American-made air force planes, its missile forces and its alleged nuclear weapons program, according to federal law enforcement authorities. -Washington Post - 4/17/06

Descent into anger and despair
Last week, the rattling of sabers filled the air. Various published reports, most notably one from Seymour M. Hersh in The New Yorker, indicated that Washington is removing swords from scabbards and heightening the threat aimed at Iran, which refuses to suspend its nuclear project. -Boston Globe - 4/17/06

Politicians Want Iran's President Banned From World Cup
After the Iranian president again questioned whether the Holocaust really took place, leading members of Chancellor Merkel's party called for Germany to ban him from attending the World Cup. -Deutsche Welle - 4/17/06

Rafsanjani Scoffs at Talk of U.S. Attack
Iran's former president said Monday that talk of a U.S. military attack on Iran was overblown because it would be "too dangerous" and no Persian Gulf countries would join forces with the United States. -AP - 4/17/06

US nuclear talks with Iran urged
Senators in the US have said the Bush administration should hold direct talks with Iran on its nuclear programme. -BBC - 4/17/06

Quake jolts Bandar Abbas in southern Iran
An earthquake measuring 4.6 on the Richter scale hit western suburbs of the port city of Bandar Abbas in the southern province of Hormuzgan Sunday evening. -IRNA - 4/17/06

Iranian nuclear official cautions 5+1 Group to prevent repeat of mistakes
Supreme National Security Council Secretary Ali Larijani on Sunday called on the five UN permanent members (Russia, China, US, Britain, France) plus Germany to take extra efforts to prevent a repeat of mistakes and to guarantee an atmosphere for constructive talks. -IRNA - 4/17/06

Iran bags five medals as Asian weightlifting event starts
Iran snatched three gold and two bronze medals as the Asian Clubs' Youth Weightlifting Championships started in Tashkent on Monday. -IRNA - 4/17/06

Discovery of a Giant Achaemenid Building in Bolaghi Gorge
The remains of a big building which was buried for more than 2000 years was unearthed during archeological excavations in Bolaghi Gorge. -CHN - 4/17/06

Drumbeat of War is Drowning Out Wiser Counsels
The neo-con regimes in Washington and Tehran are on collision course after last week's announcement by Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad that his country has 'joined the nuclear club'. -Guardian - 4/17/06

Bombs That Would Backfire
White House spokesmen have played down press reports that the Pentagon has accelerated planning to bomb Iran. We would like to believe that the administration is not intent on starting another war, because a conflict with Iran could be even more damaging to our interests than the current struggle in Iraq has been. A brief look at history shows why. -Richard Clarke and Steven Simon, New York Times - 4/17/06

The Second Human Design Discovered in Espidej
Discovery of the design of a naked man on a clay dish in Espidej historical cemetery surprised archeologists. -CHN - 4/17/06

Six Simple Propositions to Solve the Iranian Nuclear Crisis
Once compared to all other coercive and military measures, the following six-point plan to resolve the crisis offers concrete benefits for both sides. The major costs of this solution (comparing to the possible hundreds of thousands of deaths, immense destruction of Iranian cities, and colossal economic price for both sides) are symbolic, for the most part, and require prevailing over issues of pride and prejudice. -Behrooz Ghamari-Tabrizi, University of Illinois - 4/17/06

Target Iran: Revealing the Neo-cons Next Fatal Scheme
On Monday, April 24, 2006, University of California Santa Cruz will hold a day long event from 11:00 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. "The War on Terror: A Credible Threat" will host a panel of prominent speakers for a day of reflection on U.S. international policies and university life. - 4/17/06

So How Close is a Showdown Over Iran?
News of British involvement in a mock invasion of Iran is just the latest step in what seems a slow slide to war. -Observer - 4/16/06

US Says Iran Will Face Consequences Over Nuclear Activities
A top U.S. official says Iran will face consequences for its refusal to suspend uranium enrichment. -VOA - 4/16/06

Pope calls for end to Iran crisis
Pope Benedict XVI has called for a negotiated solution to the Iran nuclear crisis, in his traditional Easter message in St Peter's Square in Rome. -BBC - 4/16/06

Iran hosting confab on Prophet Mohammad in Denmark
An international conference on the thoughts of Prophet Mohammad opened in the Danish capital Copenhagen on Sunday hosted by the embassy of the Islamic Republic of Iran. -IRNA - 4/16/06

Iran allocates $50M to Palestinians: FM
Iranian Foreign Minister Manouchehr Mottaki said in Tehran on Sunday that Iran allocated 50 million dollars to help the Palestinian people. -IRNA - 4/16/06

US Strike on Iran Could Make Iraq Look Like a Warm-Up Bout
Fallout Around the World Would Be Grim -Toronto Star - 4/16/06

The Pentagon Preps for Iran
Does the United States have a war plan for stopping Iran in its pursuit of nuclear weapons? -Washington Post - 4/16/06

If You Liked the Iraq War, You'll Love the Iran War
If you liked gas at three dollars a gallon, you'll love it at five dollars or more. If you liked fighting 26 million people in Iraq, you'll love fighting 68 million in Iran. If you liked turning Sunni Muslims against us, you'll love turning Sunni and Shiite Muslims against us. If you liked war in the Persian Gulf, you'll love war all over the Middle East. -Huffington Post - 4/16/06

IRGC commander warns US against threatening Iran's security
Commander of Islamic Revolution's Guards Corps (IRGC) Major General Yahya Rahim Safavi said here Friday any threat against Iran would endanger security of the whole region, US forces in particular. -IRNA - 4/15/06

Iran: Intifada Conference In Tehran Has Multiple Objectives
Strategic, ideological, and political factors explain why Tehran is currently hosting a conference in support of the Palestinians. -RFE - 4/15/06

US: Iranian Rhetoric on Israel Adds to Nuclear Concerns
The United States says the latest comments on Israel by Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad are reprehensible and only add to international concerns about Iran's nuclear intentions. -VOA - 4/15/06

Growing popularity of Sufism in Iran
The lights are dimmed in a home in northern Tehran. The men, women and teenagers gathered in the large living room close their eyes and rock back and forth to the beat of live music. -BBC - 4/15/06

Iran is 'Leaving Itself No Exit Points' On Nuclear Issue, Says U.S. Official
U.S. Under Secretary of State for Political Affairs Nicholas Burns told the Voice of America (VOA) that Iran's refusal to suspend its uranium enrichment program will have consequences and "the Iranian government needs to reflect on the fact that it is leaving itself no exit points from this story and it is isolating itself." -VOA - 4/15/06

Iran’s Man in Iraq: "We Do Not Take Orders from the Americans"
Exclusive: Tehran's embassador takes on Washington and counters claims that he and his country are subverting the Baghdad government -TIME - 4/14/06

On Cheney, Rumsfeld order, US outsourcing special ops, intelligence to Iraq terror group (MEK), intelligence officials say
The Pentagon is bypassing official US intelligence channels and turning to a dangerous and unruly cast of characters in order to create strife in Iran in preparation for any possible attack, former and current intelligence officials say. -Raw Story - 4/14/06

Despite Denials, U.S. Plans for Iran War
The U.S. Central Command (CENTCOM) has been conducting theater campaign analysis for a full scale war with Iran since at least May 2003, responding to Pentagon directions to prepare for potential operations in the "near term." -Washington Post - 4/14/06

Iran's Defiance Narrows U.S. Options for Response
As Iran takes a step closer to developing nuclear capacity, President Bush finds his options ever more constricted. The Iranians seem unfazed by U.N. statements. The Russians and Chinese won't go along with economic sanctions. And the generals at the Pentagon hate the idea of a military strike. -Washington Post - 4/14/06

Work through the NPT to address concerns about Iranian nukes
The confrontation between Washington and Tehran over Iran's nuclear program remains very menacing. President George W. Bush has dismissed as "wild speculation" reports that US officials were planning military attacks against suspect sites in Iran. -CSM - 4/14/06

US and Iranian Women Tell Their Governments: "Stop The War Before It Starts!"
Feminist Majority Foundation president Eleanor Smeal came together with Nobel Peace Laureates Jody Williams (1997) and Shirin Ebadi (2003) yesterday to call for a peaceful resolution to tensions between the U.S. and Iran. -Ms. Magazine - 4/14/06

Forget Censure, Discipline Bush on Iran
Peter Shane of Moritz College of Law, Ohio State University, says that instead of censuring the president, Congress should restrain the foreign excesses of the Bush presidency and restore respect for international law by cutting off funds for any US military adventure in Iran. -Jurist - 4/14/06

IRAQ: Women were more respected under Saddam, say women's groups
According to the findings of a recent survey by local rights NGOs, women were treated better during the Saddam Hussein era – and their rights were more respected – than they are now. -IRIN - 4/14/06

Russia Joins Call for Iran to Halt Nuclear Program
Russia has joined Germany, France and the United States in calling for Iran to halt its nuclear program, one day after its president said Tehran had successfully enriched uranium for the first time. A supporter of Iran, Russia has been seeking a diplomatic solution to the nuclear stand-off with Tehran. -VOA - 4/14/06

Iran's Sun, Snow Lure European Skiers to Nuclear Pariah's `Fun'
Iran, facing sanctions over its nuclear program, is gaining favor with an unlikely clique: skiers. Snow, sunshine and $6-a-day ski passes fueled a 40 percent increase in foreign skiers visiting the Islamic republic in the past two years. Ski visitors reached 5,000 in 2005, according to the Tehran-based Iranian Ski Federation. -Bloomberg - 4/14/06

Wave of Strikes Shakes Tehran
Iran's recent declaration that it has successfully enriched uranium is bound to further increase tensions between Tehran and the United States. But the Iranian government also has an internal crisis on its hands. The country's high level of poverty has triggered a series of intense social struggles. -Spiegel - 4/14/06

Rice Warns Iran of Tougher UN Response if Nuclear Standoff Continues
In her most explicit comments on the subject thus far, Secretary Rice says Iran could face a binding resolution under Chapter Seven of the U.N. charter if it ignores the Security Council's current presidential statement calling on it to return to compliance with its international nuclear obligations. -VOA - 4/14/06

Iranian nuclear official urges IAEA, UNSC to take logical actions
Iran's top nuclear negotiator Ali Larijani on Thursday called on the UN nuclear watchdog and the UN Security Council to take logical actions with regards to Iran's nuclear case. -IRNA - 4/14/06

Rafsanjani: Iran takes US, Israel danger seriously
"Undoubtedly, the US and Israel are not pleased with Iran mastering sophisticated nuclear technology," said Rafsanjani while addressing a group of Syrian elites and scientists at National Assad Library in Damascus on Thursday. -IRNA - 4/14/06

Ten Iranian films on Europe's list of box-office hits
The international affairs manager of the Farabi Cinema Foundation said on Tuesday that "The Taste of Cherry" by directed Abbas Kiarostami, "The Color of God" by Majid Majidi, "Gabbeh" and "A Journey to Kandahar" by Mohsen Makhmalbaf, and "A Time for Drunken Horses" by Bahman Qobadi are among the films. -Mehr - 4/14/06

What's Going on in Iran? Synergism of the Neo-Cons
The implications of last year's victory of Mahmud Ahmadinejad in the Iranian presidential elections have already reached beyond the Iranian political landscape. Externally the dispute between Iran and the US-EU on Iran's nuclear programme has sharply escalated. -Kamran Matin, Counterpunch - 4/14/06

Export of Iran's non-oil products hit $10b
Over 21 million tons of various non-oil products worth more than $10 billion were exported in the past Iranian year ending March 20. -Mehr - 4/14/06

Visa issued for foreign tourists in 10 Iranian airports
Cabinet ministers passed an act according to which foreign tourists who want to travel to Iran can get a 15-day visa from 10 international airports in Iran. -CHN - 4/14/06

Iran's AIDS-Prevention Program Among World's Most Progressive
It took 30 meetings just to create a slim AIDS-awareness handbook for Iran's conservative high schools. A drawing of a condom disappeared early on; a photo of a syringe survived. A mention of sexual transmission was approved, but only with a reminder that sex before marriage is forbidden. -Knight Ridder - 4/14/06

Iran's auto manufacturers produce over one million light, heavy vehicles
Over 1,004,000 light and heavy vehicles were produced in the past year (Iranian year ended March 20). -Mehr - 4/14/06

Widespread protests and warnings after nuclear attack plans against Iran revealed
There has been widespread reactions and protests after recent revelations by New Yorker Magazine’s Seymour Hersh that the Bush Administration has been drawing up plans to use nuclear bunker-buster weapons against Iran. Following are some of the articles published in the press and on the internet. - 4/13/06

If Ever There Was A Nation Not to Drive to Extremes, it is Iran
The US and Britain are goading Iran to acquire nuclear weapons, while Blair's jihadist rhetoric is inciting a fourth crusade -Guardian - 4/13/06

Divided Security Council Cautious on Iranian Nuclear Claim
U.N. Security Council members have reacted cautiously to Iran's defiant uranium enrichment claim. VOA's Peter Heinlein at the U.N. reports the Council will wait to hear from the head of the International Atomic Energy Agency before deciding on its next steps. - 4/13/06

Rice: Iranian Nuclear Move Requires Strong UN Steps
Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice says Iran's claims of an advance in uranium enrichment will require strong steps by the U.N. Security Council when it reconvenes on the issue at the end of the month. The secretary promised a steady U.S. diplomatic effort on the issue. -VOA - 4/13/06

CHN's Exclusive Interview with Juliette Binoche in Tehran
"I came to Iran to get feelings from being inside the country and not just through newspapers, as I think we can not get the real image of a country through mass media." - 4/13/06

Iran's passenger car Samand LX to ply China's roads
Iranian-made passenger car Samand LX will be offered at China's auto markets, an official at Iran Khodro Industrial Group (IKCO) said. -IRNA - 4/13/06

Campaign 2006: The Iran Strategy
“Fool me once,” said President Bush in 2002, “shame on you. Fool me – you can’t get fooled again.” We all know what he meant: Fool me twice, shame on me. -CEPR - 4/13/06

Iranian artist L. Zarei in New York Exhibition
L. Zarei's paintings will be exhibited in Enlightenment. This collective exhibition takes place April 15 - May 6 in Agora Gallery's Chelsea location at 530 W. 25th Street. - 4/13/06

Israel Says US Should Take Lead in Dealing With Iran's Nuclear Program
Israel has reacted cautiously to Iran's announcement that it has successfully enriched uranium. Israeli officials say the international community and especially the United States must take the lead in pressuring Iran to give up its nuclear ambitions. -VOA - 4/13/06

Analysts Say a Nuclear Iran Is Years Away
Western nuclear analysts said yesterday that Tehran lacked the skills, materials and equipment to make good on its immediate nuclear ambitions, even as a senior Iranian official said Iran would defy international pressure and rapidly expand its ability to enrich uranium for fuel. -Independent - 4/13/06

Iran has Bush's aides scratching their heads
One of President George W. Bush's most senior foreign policy advisers spoke with unusual candor last week about the dilemma the White House faces as it tries to confront Iran. -IHT - 4/13/06

Native Americans Want 'Bunker Buster' Test Stopped
Native Americans want U.S. authorities to cancel plans to detonate 700 tons of explosives on what they say is tribal land in Nevada. -OneWorld - 4/13/06

Iran defiant over nuclear plans
Speaking as Mr ElBaradei arrived in Tehran, Mr Ahmadinejad said: "Our answer to those who are angry about Iran obtaining the full nuclear cycle is one phrase, we say: Be angry and die of this anger." -BBC - 4/13/06

Caviar ban is extended in much of Caspian Sea
The global ban on caviar and sturgeon products has been extended indefinitely in almost all of the Caspian Sea, the world's main caviar- producing region, a decision that meant the supply of the delicacy will probably further tighten in the West. -New York Times - 4/13/06

Iran is racing down nuclear route before UN can put up roadblock
IRAN’S sudden announcement this week that it has begun enriching uranium presents the world with two riddles. -London Times - 4/13/06

Iraq: Egyptian President's Remarks Illustrate Growing Divide
The Iraqi government announced on April 11 that it would boycott this week's Arab foreign ministers' meeting in Cairo to protest remarks by Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak questioning the loyalty of Iraq's Shi'ite population. -RFE - 4/13/06

Giants of Iranian cinema to promote national carpet industry
The art advisor of the director of Iran's National Carpet Center has announced that fifteen prominent Iranian filmmakers are to make short films to introduce and help market Iranian carpets -Mehr - 4/13/06

Interview: U.S. Ambassador To IAEA Discusses Iran's Nuclear Program
RFE/RL's Radio Farda spoke with U.S. Ambassador to the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) Gregory Schulte on April 10. - 4/13/06

Iran: The Nuclear Option
According to New Yorker columnist Seymour Hersh, the Bush administration is contemplating "the use of a bunker-buster tactical nuclear weapon, such as the B61-11, against [Iran's] underground nuclear sites." - 4/13/06

Americans Wary of Action on Iran, Gloomy on Iraq, Poll Shows
American pessimism about the Iraq war has deepened and may be feeding doubts about President George W. Bush's efforts to thwart Iran's nuclear ambitions, the latest Bloomberg/Los Angeles Times poll found. - 4/13/06

Tell Congress not to ban Iran from World Cup!
On April 6, 2006, Senator John McCain (R-AZ) introduced legislation urging FIFA, international soccer’s governing body, to prohibit Iran from participating in this summer’s World Cup in Germany. -NIAC - 4/13/06

Iran: Forcing Its Way Into The Nuclear Club
Iran's President Mahmud Ahmadinejad's announcement that his country has succeeded in enriching uranium has set experts wondering what exactly Iran has achieved. Is Tehran bluffing, or has it actually taken a step which opens the way to a nuclear bomb? -RFE - 4/13/06

Rafsanjani: Successful Iran talks with US could pave way for talks on other issues
Upcoming talks between Tehran and Washington on Iraq could, if they turn out to be successful, pave the way for talks on other issues, Expediency Council Chairman Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani was quoted by Al-Hayat daily on Thursday. -IRNA - 4/13/06

Iran Showdown Tests Power of "Israel Lobby"
One month after the publication by two of the most influential international relations scholars in the United States of a highly controversial essay on the so-called "Israel Lobby", their thesis that the lobby exercises "unmatched power" in Washington is being tested by rapidly rising tensions with Iran. -IPS - 4/13/06

Seymour Hersh: Bush Administration Planning Possible Major Air Attack on Iran
We speak with Pulitzer Prize winning journalist Seymour Hersh about his latest article in the New Yorker that the Bush administration has increased clandestine activities inside Iran and intensified planning for a possible major air attack. -Democracy Now - 4/13/06

We party, we pray
Welcome to the topsy-turvy world of the Islamic Republic, where life takes place on several levels at once, where the tension between a repressive religious state and the people's desire for freedom has made everyone expert at the tightrope walk between what is lawful and what is actually possible. A place where religious fervour can co-exist with an irrepressible sense of fun and an infinitely graceful culture. -Kamin Mohammadi - 4/12/06

Nuking Iran: Jorge Hirsch interviewed by Foaad Khosmood
Foaad Khosmood: In the April 17 issue of New Yorker Magazine Seymour Hersh has an eye-opening piece that quotes Administration insiders who suggest nuclear war with Iran is a serious option. You had written back in October of 2005 that "The strategic decision by the United States to nuke Iran was probably made long ago." What led you to that conclusion at that time? What do you think of the Hersh piece? - 4/12/06

Event in London: The case for action against Iran
In this public forum, the invited speakers will address some of the key issues that are related to the current U.S.-Iran dispute, as well as the possible implications for the international non-proliferation regime and stability in the region - April 13 at Devon Theatre - 4/12/06

Rumsfeld Dismisses Reports of Military Plan on Iran
U.S. Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld on Tuesday reiterated the Bush administration's policy of using diplomacy, not force, to get Iran to give up its nuclear ambitions, but he refused to comment on the announcement by Iran's president that Iran has successfully enriched uranium. -VOA - 4/12/06

Norouz Festival Brings Together Caspian Sea Countries
For the first time, Mazandaran province will be the host of the International Common Heritage Festival of Caspian Sea Regional Countries. -CHN - 4/12/06

Hawk-Tied Democrats
As the Russian foreign minister correctly reminds us, there is a lot about the manufactured crisis over Iran that is déjà vu : the axis of evil again, attempts to tie Iran to Al Qaeda, accusations about WMD, U.S. government efforts to play footsie with Iranian exiles, and bluster about demanding action by the United Nations or else. One other thing looks familiar, too: just as the Democrats meekly got in line to support the invasion of Iraq, many (perhaps most) elected Democrats are demanding a confrontation with Iran, too. -TomPaine - 4/12/06

Experts Say UN Security Council May Consider Tougher Measures Against Iran
Experts say Iran's latest move may force the U.N. Security Council to discuss harsher measures against Tehran, such as sanctions. But they also point out that two Council members with veto power, China and Russia, have expressed their opposition to sanctions. -VOA - 4/12/06

US Wonks Warming to Iran, Arab Roles in Peace Talks
Foreign policy circles in Washington, including some figures considered close to the George W. Bush administration, have begun talking privately and in off-the-record meetings about the need to give both Iran and Iraq's Arab neighbors key roles in peace negotiations, according to Middle East experts. - 4/12/06

How to Get Out of the Iran Trap
The Bush administration's strategy regarding Iran's nuclear program is going nowhere. The U.S. demand that Iran permanently terminate even a limited capacity to enrich uranium has been categorically rejected by every Iranian political figure and group, including all the leading reformists. -Washington Post - 4/12/06

Interview: Promoting Democracy In Iran Successfully
U.S. media and opinion makers have devoted much comment to Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice's proposal to provide $85 million in assistance to help promote democracy in Iran. One of these opinion makers is Dr. Abbas Milani, director of the Iranian Studies Program at Stanford University and co-director of the Iran Democracy Project at the Hoover Institution -RFE - 4/12/06

The Human Costs of Bombing Iran
George Bush didn’t exactly deny Seymour Hersh’s report in The New Yorker that the Administration is considering using tactical nuclear weapons against Iran. -Progressive - 4/12/06

Iran: The Military Option And The Iraq Factor
Sharan Tabari of RFE/RL's Radio Farda asked Fred Halliday, a professor of international relations at the London School of Economics, about the importance of the military option in the U.S. thinking, whether an increase in military preparations is primarily a means of increasing political pressure on the Iranian leadership, and whether the United States might be willing to act unilaterally. - 4/12/06

Fuel grade - not weapons grade
The Iranians claim to have produced enriched uranium "to the 3.5% level". That is pure enough to use as nuclear fuel, though nowhere near what would be needed to make a bomb. Experts say the bank of 164 centrifuges that the Iranians used is not enough to churn out significant amounts. -Guardian - 4/12/06

Media reports over the weekend claimed that the Bush Administration is keeping military options open as a possibility to prevent further nuclear proliferation in Iran. -PBS - 4/12/06

Iran: Doroud Earthquake Information Bulletin no. 6
This Bulletin is being issued to provide an update of the situation and the needs of the on-going relief operation. -IFRC - 4/12/06

Chinese or Russian Nukes in Iran?
The Bush Administration's Final Surprise? -CSM - 4/12/06

Iran's passenger aircraft to increase to 150
Iranian airline companies' passenger fleet consists of 118 aircraft, the number is expected to increase to 150 by the end of the current Iranian year -Mehr - 4/12/06

Is Iran next? The calculus of military strike
Time and again this week, President Bush and his team reiterated their position on Iran's nuclear program: America wants a diplomatic solution, and any suggestion it is moving toward an inevitable strike on Iran is "wild speculation." -CSM - 4/12/06

The Tethered Goat Strategy
Amid an internal crisis of credibility on Iraq, Condoleezza Rice has washed her hands of her department. -Guardian - 4/12/06

Woman Wins $27.5M in Southwest Air Case
jury awarded $27.5 million in damages to a woman of Iranian descent who said she was racially profiled when Southwest Airlines Co. accused her of assaulting a flight attendant. -AP - 4/12/06

Don't Attack Iran
Over 2000 thousand dead soldiers, billions of wasted dollars, thousands of maimed young people, innocent Iraqis dead by the hundreds of thousands, still no consistent electricity or clean water in their country, later, and this swaggering imbecile of a "leaker in chief" has the nerve to be trying to sell all of us on a new war in Iran. -Cindy Sheehan, Common Dreams - 4/12/06

NIAC introduces Legwatch Capitol Hill Newsletter
The National Iranian American Council (NIAC) enthusiastically announces the launch of its inaugural Capitol Hill Legislative Watch newsletter on April 2, 2006. - 4/12/06

US condemns Iran nuclear advance
The United States has said Iran is "moving in the wrong direction" after its announcement that it has successfully enriched uranium. -BBC - 4/12/06

Iran-Armenia gas pipeline to be operational in December 2006
The first phase of Iran-Armenia gas export pipeline is expected to kick off in early December 2006, technical and foreign relations director of Armenia Energy Ministry Leon Vartanian announced on Sunday. -Mehr - 4/12/06

Ahmadinejad: Iran will now talk to world in different language
Iran will now be talking to the world in a different language after it has joined the world's nuclear club, President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad said in Mashhad on Tuesday evening. -IRNA - 4/12/06

Female Nobel Laureates Launch Peace Bid
The new Women Nobel Peace Laureates' Initiative includes Shirin Ebadi of Iran, Jody Williams of U.S., Betty Williams of Ireland, Rigoberta Menchu Tum of Guatemala and Wangari Maathai of Kenya. -Washington Post - 4/12/06

Iran hopes to put Sina II into orbit in two years
Sanaye Eletronik-e Iran (Sairan Co.) has reached agreement with Iran's Aerospace Organization to sign a contract next month on the company's production of the nation's second satellite called Pars (Sina II). The satellite is expected to be put into orbit two years later. -Mehr - 4/11/06

US threats against Iran tantamount to psychological war: Larijani
US threats against Iran tantamount to psychological war, Secretary of Iran's Supreme National Security Council (SNSC) Ali Larijani said on Monday. -IRNA - 4/11/06

Who, or What, Will Stop Bush’s Military Attack on Iran?
Recent articles in the Daily Telegraph in England and the Washington Post and New Yorker reinforce the speculation that the Bush Administration will launch a military attack on Iran. -Common Dreams - 4/11/06

Hundreds Pledge themselves for Human Shield Mission to Iran
The Human Shield Mission to Iran steps up a gear following revelations in the New Yorker magazine that the US are planning military action against Iran. -Indy Media, UK - 4/11/06

The 2nd Persian Golden Lioness Awards
Golden Persian Lioness Awards® which is in its second year of existence has no other ambition than to encourage and promote men and women who through their work subscribe to the humanistic values and love of beauty so dearly cherished by our great Persian poets through the ages. -Darius KADIVAR - 4/11/06

How Attacking Iran Would (or Wouldn't) Work
The public saber-rattling over Iran began in earnest this past weekend, as both the Washington Post and the New Yorker magazine reported on internal debates inside the Bush administration on a military option to deal with Tehran's nuclear ambitions. -TIME - 4/11/06

Bush Critics Alarmed over Reports of Possible Strike on Iran
Critics of the George W. Bush administration expressed alarm about explosive new reports that the president is mulling military options to knock out Iran's nuclear program. -AFP - 4/11/06

Bush Calls for Diplomatic Solution to Iran Nuclear Dispute
President Bush says he remains committed to finding a diplomatic solution to the dispute over Iran's nuclear ambitions. He is downplaying the possible use of military force. -VOA - 4/11/06

Iran: The Worst-Case Scenarios
What is the greatest danger that a nuclear Iran might pose? The short answer: The highly destabilizing effect on a conflict-ridden region, and not the possibility of Iran using a nuclear weapon or transferring a weapon to terrorists, argues a leading U.S. expert on nuclear proliferation. The other major danger? A major U.S. military strike within months. -RFE - 4/11/06

Beware the Bombing of Iran
Just because a course of action is foolish, irrational, costly, and bloody doesn’t mean the Bush Administration won’t pursue it. And just because U.S. troops are bogged down in Iraq doesn’t mean the Bush Administration has lost its appetite for military adventurism. -Progressive - 4/11/06

Yes He Would
"But he wouldn't do that." That sentiment is what made it possible for President Bush to stampede America into the Iraq war and to fend off hard questions about the reasons for that war until after the 2004 election. Many people just didn't want to believe that an American president would deliberately mislead the nation on matters of war and peace. -New York Times - 4/11/06

Iranian Scholarship Foundation Fundraising Gala
The Iranian Scholarship Foundation (ISF) today announced that it is hosting its 2006 Fundraising Gala on April 23rd, 2006 at the Stanford Faculty Club, Stanford. - 4/11/06

Iran says ready to assist Germany in 2006 World Cup
Iran's Deputy Interior Minister in Security and Disciplinary Affairs Mohammad-Baqer Zolqadr announced here on Monday Iran's readiness for cooperation with Germany in sponsoring the 2006 Soccer World Cup in a meeting with his Germany counterpart. -IRNA - 4/11/06

Subaru to target Iran with Legacy model
Another Japanese auto giant is going to situate itself in Iran's import-thirsty auto market this year. The sales of about 2500 Legacy sedans by Subaru are the prelude to this venture on the agenda, the Persian service of ISNA reported on Monday. - 4/11/06

Mubarak's Iraq remarks out of line
Iraqi Prime Minister Ibrahim Jaafari strongly condemned Mubarak's remarks. "The comments have upset Iraqi people, who come from different religious and ethnic backgrounds, and have astonished and discontented the Iraqi government," he told reporters Sunday. -Mehr - 4/11/06

US Senator Discusses Iran, WTO with Russian Foreign Minister
U.S. Senate majority leader Bill Frist says Washington's support for Russian membership in the World Trade Organization will depend on Russia's stance on political and diplomatic issues including Iran's nuclear program. -VOA - 4/11/06

Striking Iran is an option, not inevitable
Recent reports that the United States and Israeli militaries are weighing a possible strike against Iranian nuclear facilities have raised the stakes in Iran's effort to build a nuclear program. But a US or Israeli attack on Iran would be extremely destabilizing and counterproductive to America's war on terrorism. -CSM - 4/11/06

Iran Pushes Ahead with Nuclear Program
The United Nations Security Council has given Iran until the end of the month to suspend its uranium enrichment activity - a process that could either be used for civilian purposes or to build nuclear weapons. -VOA - 4/11/06

Quake hits Iran's southern province of Hormuzgan
An earthquake measuring 3.6 on the Richter scale hit the city of Fin in the southern province of Hormuzgan Tuesday morning. -IRNA - 4/11/06

Oil tops $69 amid Iran tensions
Crude oil prices have hit record levels in London amid heightening concerns of a conflict between the US and Iran. -BBC - 4/11/06

Europe proposes limited sanctions to halt Tehran's nuclear ambitions
The European Union's foreign policy chief, Javier Solana, yesterday recommended limited sanctions against Iran, including visa bans on key figures, if Tehran continues to defy the United Nations over its disputed nuclear programme. -Guardian - 4/11/06

US-Iranian Iraq Dialogue Fails Before Starting
Little explanation – or even speculation - has been forthcoming for the abrupt decision by US ambassador to Iraq, Zalmay Khalilzad to call off the Baghdad talks he was due to lead for Washington with an Iranian delegation on Saturday, April 8. -DEBKAfile - 4/11/06

The Iranian clock
Six clocks hang in the briefing room for representatives of the members of the coalition at CENTCOM. They tell the local time in Tampa, Kabul, Qatar, Baghdad, Greenwich and Islamabad. Iran, at the moment, is not a battle arena that justifies a clock of its own, but the signs indicating a future possibility of this are increasing - as a report in The New Yorker testified this week. -Haaretz - 4/11/06

Ban on daylight savings leaves Iranians irritable
A decision by the Iranian government of President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad not to move the clocks ahead at the beginning of spring this year has caused immense problems and irritation for Iranians. -IHT - 4/10/06

The Bush Administration, while publicly advocating diplomacy in order to stop Iran from pursuing a nuclear weapon, has increased clandestine activities inside Iran and intensified planning for a possible major air attack. -Seymour M. Hersh, New Yorker - 4/10/06

Iranian women to compete at Asian taekwondo tourney
Iran will dispatch women's national taekwondo team to Bangkok, capital of Thailand, on April 18 to attend the Asian meet. -IRNA - 4/10/06

Iran ranks third at Asian Greco-Roman wrestling meet
Winning one gold, one silver, and two bronzes, Iran followed the champion Kazakhstan and runner-up South Korea. -IRNA - 4/10/06

Iranian daily urges diplomacy to resolve Iran nuclear case
An Iranian daily advised the West on Monday to try to resolve its nuclear standoff with Iran through diplomatic ways rather than through threats, intimidation or possible use of military action. -IRNA - 4/10/06

Iran attack debate raises nuclear prospect
The debate over whether the US might attack Iran's nuclear installations has taken a step forward with the publication of an article which suggests that the US has considered using a nuclear "bunker buster" in such an operation. -BBC - 4/10/06

Iran's President Says He Won't Back Down Over Enrichment
Iranian President Mahmud Ahmadinejad has reiterated he will not back down over Iran's controversial nuclear program. -RFE - 4/10/06

Conferences on Iraq, Iran's nuclear program to be held in Tehran
International conferences on "Recent Developments in Iraq and Prospects of Regional Security" and "Iran's Nuclear Program, its Prospects and Solutions" are to be kicked off in Tehran on April 24-25, Deputy Head of Political Research in Strategic Center of Expediency Council Mahmoud Vaezi said on Sunday. -IRNA - 4/10/06

Smear and Fear: That's how Israel's lobby operates
Israel's once-powerful lobby in the U.S. is running scared. The American Israel Political Affairs Committee (AIPAC) is facing a burgeoning scandal with the upcoming trial of Steven Rosen their longtime chief lobbyist, and Iran policy expert Keith Weissman, who are accused of spying on behalf of Israel. - 4/10/06

Iraq: Main Shi'ite Alliance To Decide Al-Ja'fari's Fate
Opposition to Ibrahim al-Ja'fari from Iraq's Kurdish and Sunni parties has been growing since the middle of last year and has complicated talks on forming a new government, in the wake of December's elections. -RFE - 4/10/06

Why The United States
There’s been a lot of speculation about whether or not the United States will attack Iran. Roughly equal numbers of people believe the U.S. will and will not attack. Disregarding the public blustering from both governments, I believe the U.S. will attack Iran in 2006. Here’s why. -Counter Currents - 4/10/06

US dismisses Iran attack claims
The US has rejected suggestions that it might be preparing to use nuclear weapons against targets in Iran. -BBC - 4/10/06

Creative Destruction: From Iraq To Iran
Very few observers have noticed that the fix is in and that the U.S. is readying itself to bomb Iran. -Swans - 4/10/06

Pre-emptive Genocide?
The foxy neo-cons, with fangs out for a kill, have outwitted the world. After 27 years of violating the bi-lateral Algiers Agreement, finding itself in a quagmire in Iraq, the United decided to bring on board other countries to attack Iran, or at the very least, have their blessings. -Soraya Sepahpour-Ulrich - 4/10/06

US Considers Use of Nuclear Weapons Against Iran
The administration of President George W. Bush is planning a massive bombing campaign against Iran, including use of bunker-buster nuclear bombs to destroy a key Iranian suspected nuclear weapons facility, The New Yorker magazine has reported in its April 17 issue. -AFP - 4/9/06

UNESCO designates 2007 "Year of Molana", says daily
United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization has designated 2007 as the Year of Molana Jalaleddin Rumi to mark the prominent Iranian mystic and poet's 800th birth anniversary, said an Iranian daily. -IRNA - 4/9/06

FM spokesman : Iran doubts US good intention in talks on Iraq
Asefi pointed to the US policies towards Iran as a blunder and said that before anything it should change its approach towards Iran and the regional issues. -IRNA - 4/9/06

Iran Says US Waging Psychological Warfare in Nuclear Dispute
Iran is accusing the United States of waging psychological warfare, following media reports saying the Bush administration is studying options for military strikes to force Tehran to abandon its nuclear program. -VOA - 4/9/06

Cirincione: A Nuclear Iran Is A Recipe For Nuclear War
A nuclear Iran could lead to a nuclear armed Middle East, which in turn would be “a recipe for nuclear war,” explained Joseph Cirincione, Director for Non-Proliferation at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace. -NIAC - 4/9/06

Iran nuclear checks set to start
UN nuclear inspectors are set to start work in Iran amid mounting pressure for Tehran to halt its research work. -BBC - 4/9/06

UK dismisses talk of Iran attack
British Foreign Secretary Jack Straw has dismissed reports of a possible US nuclear strike against Iran as "completely nuts". -BBC - 4/9/06

'The Persians' as Antiwar Allegory: Has Blood-Soaked Greek Tragedy Gotten an Extreme Makeover?
Aeschylus's "The Persians," the oldest extant Greek tragedy, is so spare it seems like yesterday's minimalism. Almost nothing happens. An old queen of Persia gathers with some trusted Persian elders, and they fret about the fate of rash young Xerxes, who has launched a war against the vastly outnumbered Greeks. -Washington Post - 4/9/06

Quake jolts Kazeroun in southern Iran
An earthquake measuring 3.6 on the Richter scale hit the outskirts of Kazeroun city in the southern province of Fars late Saturday. -IRNA - 4/9/06

U.S. Is Studying Military Strike Options on Iran
The Bush administration is studying options for military strikes against Iran as part of a broader strategy of coercive diplomacy to pressure Tehran to abandon its alleged nuclear development program, according to U.S. officials and independent analysts. -Washington Post - 4/9/06

Slavin: Iran Wants Direct Negotiations With Washington
“There is a push for direct negotiations [from Iran] with the United States from all sides of society,” explained Barbara Slavin of USA Today as she referenced her interview with Ali Larijani, Secretary of the Supreme National Security Council, who according to Slavin stated that “there is no limit to the dialogue between Iran and US, but we will not talk to anyone by force.” -NIAC - 4/9/06

Stop a U.S. nuclear attack on Iran!
A 10-minute movie, discussing why the US is likely to use nuclear weapons in a confrontation with Iran, and how to prevent it from happening -Jorge Hirsch - 4/8/06

Iran wins Asian freestyle wrestling crown
Iran stood top at the 19th Asian men's freestyle wrestling bouts in this Kazakh city Friday night. -IRNA - 4/8/06

U.S., Allies Seek a Way Outside U.N. to Press Iran
With hopes dimming for tough U.N. action against Iran's nuclear program, U.S. officials and allies are talking about forming a smaller "coalition of the willing" to bring pressure on Tehran. -Los Angeles Times - 4/8/06

Quake jolts Darab in southern Iran
An earthquake measuring 3.9 on the Richter scale hit the outskirts of Darab city in the southern province of Fars in the wee hours of Saturday. -IRNA - 4/8/06

Remember This Name
Nazanin Afshin-Jam is not just another pretty face. This former Miss World Canada — 2003 runner-up to the Miss World pageant — who will have her first album out this summer, has much more on her mind than her music and her cosmetics bag. -National Review - 4/8/06

U.S. May Cut Trade With Iran If UN Fails To Act
John Bolton, the United States' ambassador to the United Nations, said today that Washington may seek other options if the UN Security Council fails to take steps to prevent Iran from developing nuclear weapons. -RFE - 4/8/06

Date of Iran-US talks on Iraq to be officially announced: Iranian official
The exact date of talks between Iran and the United States on Iraq will be officially announced, a senior official said in Tehran on Saturday. -IRNA - 4/8/06

Embassy source: No date fixed for Iran-US talks
A source in the Iranian embassy in Baghdad said on Saturday that upcoming talks between Iranian and US officials on critical developments in Iraq will not be held in the coming days. -IRNA - 4/8/06

Iran: The Next Neocon Target
It’s been three years since the U.S. launched its war against Saddam Hussein and his weapons of mass destruction. Of course now almost everybody knows there were no WMDs, and Saddam Hussein posed no threat to the United States. -Speech by Congressman Ron Paul of Texas Before the U.S. House of Representatives - 4/7/06

US Launches Democracy Building Program in Iran
There have been no formal diplomatic relations between the U.S. and Iran for decades, and not much interaction among the people of the two countries. But as VOA's Cathryn Curtis reports, the Bush administration is reaching out to Iranians in a new but controversial way. -VOA - 4/7/06

What Iran could gain from US talks
Some hardliners in Iran are calling for the cancellation of talks planned between the US and Iran over Iraq, arguing the negotiations would only legitimise the foreign occupation of Iraq. -BBC - 4/7/06

Iranian Zurkhaneh Sports to be Studied at British Academy
Iran’s ancient Zurkhaneh Sports will be discussed at the British Academy with the attendance of experts of Iranian studies. -CHN - 4/7/06

ElBaradei: Iran nuclear program not diverted
The International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) chief Mohamed ElBaradei said here Thursday night his agency has not seen any indication that nuclear material in Iran has been diverted or is being diverted to develop nuclear weapons. -IRNA - 4/7/06

Iran: Boroujerd hit by another aftershock
A tremor measuring 4.9 on the Richter scale hit the city of Boroujerd in the western province of Lorestan on Thursday. -IRNA - 4/7/06

China continues efforts to settle Iran nuclear case peacefully
China, a permanent member of the United Nations Security Council (UNSC) and a rotatory head, is still trying to settle Iran's nuclear case peacefully, a senior Chinese official said in Beijing on Friday. -IRNA - 4/7/06

US, Britain Again Call on Iraqi Leaders To Form Government
After meeting in Washington on Thursday, the top U.S. and British defense officials again urged Iraqi leaders to form a new government. But U.S. Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld also indicated some understanding of the difficulty Iraqi politicians are having in their effort to do that. -VOA - 4/7/06

Defense minister: Iran ready for joint military exercises with regional states
Iranian Defense Minister Mostafa Mohammad-Najjar said on Thursday that the most significant message of the recently conducted 'Holy Prophet' war game was 'peace and friendship' for the neighboring states. -IRNA - 4/7/06

Is Iran War Rhetoric A Bluff?
Four years ago this spring, rumblings could be heard out of Washington suggesting that the Bush administration might be planning to invade Iraq. At the time, most Americans — and most American news media — failed to pay those reports much heed, which was a mistake. -Atlanta Journal-Constitution - 4/7/06

Gazprom reaches deal with Armenia
Armenia secured cheap natural gas supplies from Russia with prices locked in until 2009 in a deal announced Thursday, but it surrendered a tiny but crucial section of its gas pipeline network in exchange. -New York Times - 4/7/06

Gasp! If Attacked Iran Would Actually Defend Itself
According to the CIA’s favorite newspaper, the Washington Post, it is breaking news that Iran, if attacked by the United States, would respond in kind. -Kurt Nimo - 4/7/06

Iran: Drug Control Emphasized As New 'Crack' Gains Popularity
As the neighbor of Afghanistan, the world's biggest producer of opium, Iran for years has had to contend with high levels of drug smuggling and drug abuse. Tehran has applied different strategies to contend with drug-related problems, and in recent months it has tried new ones. -RFE - 4/7/06

Iran's Naval Doctrine Stresses 'Area Denial'
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. -RFE - 4/7/06

Calling All Iranian-American High School Students
Iranian Alliances Across Borders (IAAB) is looking for bright and motivated Iranian-American high school students to enter our Iranian-American Essay Contest and participate in our Iranian-American Leadership Camp. - 4/7/06

Iran: Peace Advocates Mobilize Amid Nuclear War Of Words
international community marked the third anniversary of the U.S.-led invasion of Iraq in March amid growing fear of a new conflict -- this time targeting Iran. -RFE - 4/6/06

UNCENSORED Iranian Voices
An evening of readings in Levantine Cultural Center's Spring lit series "Maktub: New Writing From/To the Mideast" -with Shohreh Aghdashloo, Reza Aslan and Lila Azam Zanganeh, with an introduction by Sholeh Wolpé - 4/6/06

UN Ambassador: Iran does not have nuclear weapons
Iranian Ambassador and Permanent Representative to the United Nations Mohammad-Javad Zarif said in New York on Thursday that a solution to Iran's peaceful nuclear issue "is possible and imminently within reach." -IRNA - 4/6/06

An exercise in bravado
Iran has been conducting a sort of grand military parade up and down the Gulf this week, displaying its defensive hardware, test-firing sophisticated-sounding new weapons systems, and proclaiming its readiness to repel all would-be aggressors.-Guardian - 4/6/06

Fears of Death Prompt Similar Response in Students
In both American and Iranian students, thoughts of death increase support for extreme actions ranging from suicide bombings to military raids where civilians are likely victims, according to the first study of the role fear plays in attitudes toward the conflict in the Middle East. -Newswire - 4/6/06

Iranian diplomat comments on Tehran's conditions for talks with US
An Iranian diplomat said on Thursday that Iran's condition for opening talks with US was that the negotiations should be transparent and its outcome should be made known to the Iraqi nation. -IRNA - 4/6/06

Iranian airlines' flight safety not affected by U.S. sanctions
Iran's Civil Aviation Organization (CAO) will not let any aircraft from any Iranian airline company to fly if they have problem, noted on Wednesday, Nurollah Rezaii Niaraki, acting director of the CAO. -Mehr - 4/6/06

U.S. Experts Discuss Washington's Policy Options on Iran
A panel of U.S.-based experts gathered at the Council on Foreign Relations in New York on April 5 to discuss the policy implications for Washington of the nuclear standoff with Iran. -RFE - 4/6/06

Venezuela, Iran Vs. U.S.
Public details of the Venezuelan-Iranian uranium deal are not clear, but an article on The Washington Post speculates that the agreement could involve the production and transfer of Venezuelan uranium to Iran. -Aljazeera - 4/6/06

Mild quake jolts southern Iran
An earthquake measuring 3.7 on the Richter scale hit the port city of Khamir and nearby villages in the southern province of Hormuzgan early Thursday morning. -IRNA - 4/6/06

Quake jolts Ilam in Iran, no damage is reported
An earthquake measuring 4.2 degrees on Richter scale jolted Salehabad area and Ilam city on Wednesday evening. -IRNA - 4/6/06

Iraq: Iranian hand behind government stalemate
With outgoing Iraqi prime minister Ibrahim al-Jaafari showing no intention of stepping aside to allow fellow Shiite, Adel Abdel Mahdi, to head a new 'unity' government, fingers are being pointed at nearby Iran. Shiite sources in Baghdad say Tehran may have fostered the split within the mainly Shiite alliance which won the relative majority in the new parliament. -AKI - 4/6/06

Iranian firefighters extinguish blaze at pipeline, three injured
Firefighters extinguished a blaze at a pipeline carrying petrol from Rafsanjan to Anar in Kerman province, Manager of Rafsanjan pipeline network Qodratollah Modaressi said on Thursday. -IRNA - 4/6/06

Iran and China: Unlikely Partners
Geopolitical circumstances and economic necessity are pushing Iran and China into an unlikely partnership. While Iran would like to forge a full-fledged strategic alliance, China appears more interested in concentrating on commerce, especially in the energy sphere. -Eurasianet - 4/6/06

Music With a Persian Twist
How many conservatories have ever chosen a 21st-century concerto for their competition piece? And when was the last time they chose a composer from Iran, rather than Germany or Austria? -Juilliard School - 4/6/06

Juliette Binoche in Iran to appear in Kiarostami's film
Oscar-winner French actress Juliette Binoche arrived in Tehran on Tuesday night in order to appear in Iranian director Abbas Kirostami's new film, which will be shot in Iran, the Persian service of IRNA reported on Wednesday. -Mehr - 4/6/06

Ganji Is Summoned Back to Iranian Prison But He Is Refusing To Obey the Request
Iran's judiciary has summoned dissident leader Akbar Ganji back to Evin Prison after releasing him on March 18 in what his lawyers said marked the end of his original sentence. But so far Mr. Ganji has refused to obey the requests from the prosecutors who originally threw him in jail. -New York Sun - 4/6/06

Iranian Rights Leader Says Reformists Looking To Regain Strength
Fatemeh Aman of RFE/RL's Radio Farda interviewed Fatemeh Haghighatjoo, a leading defender of human rights and advocate of democracy in Iran, for her views on the wisdom of such overt support, on how the crisis over Iran's nuclear program is affecting the opposition, and on the current mood among two key groups, women and students. - 4/6/06

Iran: Doroud Earthquake Information Bulletin no. 4
The Iranian Red Crescent Society (IRCS) and authorities are actively involved in emergency relief and rehabilitation operation. The International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) delegation in Tehran and the Middle East and North Africa department, supported by the Operations Support Department, are providing coordination of information. - 4/5/06

If One Side in a Conflict Goes Nuclear, the Other is Bound to Follow Suit
The Iranian crisis can only be understood as the inevitable result of Israel's US-backed WMD monopoly in the region -Guardian - 4/5/06

Returning to the Scene of the Crime: War Crimes in Iraq
In 2002, White House counsel Alberto Gonzales passed on to Bush a memorandum on torture by the Justice Department's Office of Legal Counsel (OLC). -Noam Chomsky, TomDispatch - 4/5/06

IRGC Commander: Ongoing wargames in Persian Gulf convey message of peace, amity
"The US should recognize Iran as a regional power," he said, and added that "military intimidation or economic sanctions would not be to the benefit of the West." -IRNA - 4/5/06

Envoys: Mideast Nations Held Secret Talks
Top intelligence officers from several Arab countries and Turkey have been meeting secretly to coordinate their governments' strategies in case civil war erupts in Iraq and in an attempt to block Iran's interference in the war-torn nation, Arab diplomats said Tuesday. -Reuters - 4/5/06

Iran finds 7,000-year-old liquor habit is tough to break
For 27 years, Iran's Islamic regime has faced an uphill battle to cleanse the country of bootleg liquor. But even after a recent law increased the punishment for drinking to 74 lashes, a hefty fine and imprisonment of three months to a year, drinking is widespread. -New York Times - 4/5/06

Iran: Defense Analyst Says Weapons Tests Signal 'Longer-Term Threat'
On April 3, Radio Farda correspondent Sharan Tabari spoke with Major Charles Heyman, a strategic-defense analyst at Jane's Strategic Advisory Services. Heyman discussed the recent Iranian missile tests and their implications for the security situation in the Middle East. - 4/5/06

Russian Report: Iranian Torpedo Based on Soviet, Russian Design
A Russian news report says a high-speed torpedo unveiled by Iran early this week during war games in the Persian Gulf appears to be based on Soviet and Russian design. -VOA - 4/5/06

Nobel Peace Prize winner Shirin Ebadi calls on Iran to join Ottawa Convention
Iran should be encouraged to sign the Ottawa Convention banning the use, trade and production of landmines, Iranian Nobel Peace Prize Shirin Ebadi said Tuesday. -IRNA - 4/5/06

Russian FM: Iranian-tested torpedo not made by Russia
Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov on Wednesday dismissed the claim raised by some world media that the torpedo, which was recently tested in a wargame in Iran, has not been made by Russia. -IRNA - 4/5/06

Iran: British Analyst Discusses Contingency Planning
On April 3, Radio Farda correspondent Sharan Tabari spoke with Hugh Barnes, director of the Iran program of the Foreign Policy Center, a think tank in London. Barnes commented on British contingency planning for any possible military action against Iran while emphasizing that the British government's position remains that such an action is "inconceivable." - 4/5/06

Iran keeps an eye on outer space
The spacecraft is small by world standards - a microsatellite of a few hundred pounds. Launched in October by the Russians for a wealthy client, it orbits the earth once every 99 minutes and reportedly has a camera for peering down on large swaths of land. -New York Times - 4/5/06

Iranian armed forces successfully testfire Misaq and Kowsar missiles
Iranian Armed Forces test-fired successfully high precision anti-aircraft the fastest surface-to-sea destructive missiles against warships in the ongoing 'Great Prophet' military exercise on Tuesday. -IRNA - 4/5/06

Rice Defends US Broadcast Plans for Iran
Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice Tuesday defended plans to step up U.S. broadcasting and democracy-promotion efforts in Iran. The Bush administration is asking Congress for $75 million for the programming amid the diplomatic confrontation over Iran's nuclear program. -VOA - 4/5/06

Iran: Super Weapons Claims Met With Skepticism
Iran has been testing advanced torpedoes and missiles as part of weeklong war games in the Persian Gulf. Iran rarely gives enough details of military hardware for analysts to determine whether Tehran is making a genuine advance, or simply producing defiant propaganda while international pressure mounts on Iran over its nuclear program. -RFE - 4/5/06

Germany Calls for Direct US-Iran Talks on Nuclear Program
German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier urged the US on Tuesday to address Iran's disputed nuclear program in landmark bilateral talks with Tehran, but Washington appeared unenthusiastic about the initiative. -Deutsche Welle - 4/5/06

Iran: Concern over quake-affected children in Lorestan
There is growing concern over the welfare of tens of thousands of children affected by a series of quakes in western Iran last week, which killed at least 66 people and injured over 1,000 more. "Preliminary indications suggest that 36,000 school-age children were affected in the two districts of Douroud and Boroujerd -IRIN - 4/5/06

Iran: Political Activists To Steer Clear Of Possible U.S. Funding
Prominent activists and political opponents of Iran's hard-line administration are warning that U.S. funds designated to help civic groups could backfire. The Bush administration recently (in February) announced plans to seek $75 million in emergency funding to promote democracy in Iran, in addition to $10 million already budgeted. -RFE - 4/5/06

Iran: UN agencies provide financial aid and other sssistance for earthquake-hit areas
United Nations agencies in Iran have so far made available about $450,000 in financial aid for emergency needs to the people of the earthquake-affected areas of Lorestan province. The United Nations agencies are also rushing help in the form of blankets, tents and health kits. - 4/4/06

Islamic Republic of Iran: Earthquake OCHA Situation Report No. 2
This report is based on information provided by the Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs Liaison Office and the Office of the UN Resident Coordinator in Tehran, Islamic Republic of Iran. - 4/4/06

Foreign Minister: Time and place for Iran-U.S. talks not finalized
Iranian Foreign Minister Manuchehr Mottaki said on Saturday that no final agreement has yet been made about the time and place of the Iran-U.S. talks. -Mehr - 4/4/06

A Lesson From The Holocaust
The best reply to Ahmadinejad's childish nonsense came from ex-president Khatami of Iran, the only honourable Middle East leader of our time, whose refusal to countenance violence by his own supporters inevitably and sadly led to the demise of his "civil society" at the hands of more ruthless clerical opponents. -Robert Fisk, Counter Currents - 4/4/06

Iran can become regional electricity hub
Enjoying suitable geographical location, immense fuel resources, technological know how in building various power plants as well as the required qualified human resources, Iran is able to turn into a center for the electricity dispatching in the region, noted an official at Iran's Power Generation, Transmission, and Distribution Management Co. (Tavanir). -Mehr - 4/4/06

Security Council Defies Bolton
"The Security Council strongly supports the role of the IAEA Board of Governors … and underlines the necessity of the IAEA continuing its work to clarify all outstanding issues relating to Iran's nuclear program." -Gordon Prather, - 4/4/06

A two-track path to dialogue with Iran
THE UNITED STATES is poised to engage Iran on Iraq just as its UN representatives are working overtime at the UN Security Council to censure and isolate Iran on the nuclear standoff, yet there may be a path out of this quandary through prudent diplomacy by both sides. -Boston Globe - 4/4/06

Iraq: Shi'ite Opposition To Al-Ja'fari Nomination Growing
Ibrahim al-Ja'fari faces a new challenge in his bid for a second term as prime minister, as voices within his own coalition question his candidacy. -RFE - 4/4/06

Former UN weapons inspector Blix says Iran needs more time
Former UN weapons inspector Hans Blix said Monday Iran needs 'more time' and called for continued dialogue with Teheran over the country's nuclear activities. -Deutsche Presse-Agentur - 4/4/06

US plays down Iran ship visits to India
The United States on Monday confirmed that two Iranian navy ships had visited Indian ports last month, but played down the contact as the Bush administration struggles to win congressional approval for a landmark U.S.-India civilian nuclear energy deal. -Reuters - 4/4/06

Iran holds visa-scam 'wrestlers'
Iranian police have arrested seven men who tried to flee to Hungary by passing themselves off as members of the national wrestling team, reports say. -BBC - 4/4/06

British consider consequences of attack on Iran
British media are reporting that Tony Blair's government is meeting in secret Monday with military chiefs to discuss an attack against Iran. The Daily Telegraph reports that the meeting will examine the consequences of an American-led attack, which is "inevitable" if Iran does not comply with United Nations demands to freeze their uranium enrichment program. -CSM - 4/4/06

Iran Says It Can Now Confront Any Invasion
Iranian Foreign Minister Manuchehr Mottaki said on April 4 that Tehran's military policy is fundamentally defensive, stressing that Iran is "not a threat" but, rather "positive... for the security of the region." -RFE - 4/4/06

Iran: Challenges and opportunities in New Year
On Monday, the Mehr News Agency talked to some MPs and political analysts to learn their views on the important challenges and opportunities that the government will face in the new Iranian year which began on March 21, 2006. - 4/4/06

Iran: Alpine Ski Races Start in Dizin and Shemshak
Iran's ski resorts are the host of international ski leagues with the participation of 50 foreign skiers. It is the first time some women will come to Iran for these champions. -CHN - 4/4/06

Iran to train in three European states ahead of World Cup
Iran's football team will hold training camps in the three European countries of Switzerland, Croatia, and Germany before the 2006 World Cup, announced the federation in Tehran on Tuesday. -IRNA - 4/4/06

Pentagon: Iran Missile Advances Possible
The U.S. Defense Department says it is possible Iran has made improvements in its missile forces, but a spokesman has also warned that Iran has exaggerated its capabilities in the past. -VOA - 4/4/06

Bush's War Hawks Edged Out of the Nest
Although still united in pushing for confrontation with Iran, the coalition of hawks that propelled U.S. troops toward Baghdad three years ago appears to have finally run out of steam. -IPS - 4/4/06

Top UK Brass Plan for US Strike on Iran
Immediately after Condoleezza Rice's visit to the north of England for a series of secret meetings and public appearances with Foreign Minister Jack Straw, the UK top brass held their own secret meeting Monday in London to prepare Britain for what they now describe as the "inevitable" U.S. military strike against Iran. - 4/4/06

MAJNOUN: A Play by Mehdad Seyf
Majnoun blasts the Western image of Iran through the roof in a surreal and comic collision of images, music and text. - 4/3/06

Mourning the Loss of Iranian Sculpture Master Ali Akbar Sanati
Veteran sculptor, Ali Akbar Sanati, pioneer of sculpturing in Iran, passed away yesterday in his home in Tehran. -CHN - 4/3/06

IAEA still responsible to probe into Iran case: Iranian official
Iran's nuclear dossier has not been referred to the UN Security Council and the International Atomic Energy (IAEA) is still responsible to probe into the case, Iranian Ambassador to IAEA Ali-Asghar Soltaniyeh said on Monday. -IRNA - 4/3/06

Japanese Plutonium Plant Undermines War on Terror, Sets Dangerous Precedent for Iran
"The decision by Japan Nuclear Fuel Limited (JNFL) to begin production of separated plutonium at the Rokkasho-mura Reprocessing Plant (RRP) is both dangerous and reckless. It will further erode a nuclear non-proliferation regime already severely weakened by the Iran crisis, and will ultimately increase the risk that terrorists will obtain the materials needed to make nuclear weapons." -Union of Concerned Scientists - 4/3/06

US and UK Forces Establish 'Enduring Bases' in Iraq
Despite talk of withdrawal 'when the job is done', there are signs that coalition troops will be there for the long term -Independent - 4/3/06

US 'Intoxicated' by Power: Gorbachev
"This talk of pre-emptive strikes, of ignoring the UN Security Council and international legal obligations -- all this is leading toward a dark night," Gorbachev told Time magazine. -AFP - 4/3/06

Oil tips beyond $67 per barrel
The price of oil has tipped beyond $67 per barrel amid concerns Iran will limit oil supplies, due to its ongoing nuclear dispute with the US. -BBC - 4/3/06

MoD denies Iran military meeting
Reports that military officers will meet government officials on Monday to discuss possible US-led military action against Iran have been denied. -BBC - 4/3/06

Sizdah Bedar, friendship with nature
Thirteenth of Farvardin, the first month of the Iranian calendar year, which starts at the exact moment of the vernal equinox on March 21, is called 'Sizdah Bedar' , an article in the English-language 'Iran Daily' wrote Monday. -IRNA - 4/3/06

Panel Discussion on Iran-Israel Relations: Past, Present, Future
Presented by the Iranian Law Students Association, University of California, San Francisco. April 6, 2006, 5:30 – 7pm - 4/3/06

Israel and Moral Blackmail
The Israel lobby is bringing out the big guns - 4/3/06

Iran Touts High Speed Underwater Missile
Iran says it has successfully test-fired a high-speed underwater missile capable of destroying large warships and submarines - the second missile test reported by Tehran in recent days. -VOA - 4/3/06

Iran Rejects UN Statement, Calls For Nuclear Talks
A top Iranian official says the world should negotiate with Iran, instead of issuing Security Council statements on Tehran's nuclear ambitions. In a rare interview with an American television network, Iran's envoy to the International Atomic Energy Agency defended his nation's stand on the nuclear issue. -VOA - 4/3/06

War Against Iran, April 2006
H istory repeats itself, but always with new twists. We are back to the good old days when a Declaration of War preceded the start of a war. Such declaration occurred on March 16th, 2006. Reversing the old order, we are now in the "Sitzkrieg", to be followed shortly by an aerial "Blitzkrieg" in the coming days. - 4/3/06

The Changing Landscape of Party Politics in Iran -- A Case Study
Iran went from being a single-party state under the monarchy to having close to 100 political parties in the months immediately following the country's 1979 Islamic revolution. As the clerical revolutionary leadership consolidated its position it went after the more secular of these parties. -Abbas William Samii - 4/3/06

"Symphonic Poems from Persia" Released in Germany
While the name "Persia" (Western historical name of Iran) has attracted tens of thousands of people from around the world to London's British Museum to visit ancient Persian artifacts, the Nuremberg-based music company, Colosseum, invites Europeans to listen to eight masterpieces of Persian symphonic music. -Pejman Akbarzadeh - 4/3/06

Iran Finishes Earthquake Rescue and Focuses on Survivors
Iranian authorities say that rescue operations have ended and attention has shifted to the survivors of Friday's earthquake that killed more than 70 people and injured another 1,200. -VOA - 4/2/06

Iran ready to expand commercial, economic ties with Egypt
Iran's Minister of Economy and Finance Davood Danesh Jaafari said in Cairo on Sunday that Tehran is ready to expand ties and cooperation with Cairo, notably in the economic, industrial and investment sectors. -IRNA - 4/2/06

Attacking Iran May Trigger Terrorism
As tensions increase between the United States and Iran, U.S. intelligence and terrorism experts say they believe Iran would respond to U.S. military strikes on its nuclear sites by deploying its intelligence operatives and Hezbollah teams to carry out terrorist attacks worldwide. -Washington Post - 4/2/06

Bread Hot Off the Stones
At noon, both lines reach all the way back to the bakery door, past the bags of flour that the customers avoid brushing up against lest their dark winter coats turn as white as the cheap tile walls. -Washington Post - 4/2/06

Iran's nuclear ambitions
A recent discussion at Harvard Law School about Iran's nuclear ambitions mirrored the current state of international relations: The Iranian faction claimed that Iran is within its rights enriching nuclear material, while U.S. representatives asserted either that Iran is untrustworthy or, worse, that Iran clearly intends to develop nuclear weapons. -Harvard Gazette - 4/2/06

Orgy of Shame and Hypocrisy at the UN
The tireless efforts of the United States and her European allies, Britain, France, and Germany to convince China and Russia to pass a United Resolution against Iran seems to have paid off. -Soraya Sepahpour-Ulrich - 4/2/06

Iran: Quakes damage 18 historical monuments in Boroujerd
The official said that furthermore, 12 tourist sites and facilities were also damaged by five to 25 percent in the natural incident. -IRNA - 4/2/06

Iranians outdoors to mark Sizdehbedar
Iranian families spend today, i.e. Sizdehbedar, that is the last day of the new year break, outdoors. - 4/2/06

Mayor Gavin Newsom and Supervisor Ross Mirkarimi host 1st annual Iranian New Year, Norooz, celebration
Mayor Gavin Newsom and Supervisor Ross Mirkarimi hosted 500 guests from across the Bay Area for the 1st Annual Norooz Celebration in the City and County of San Francisco. -San Francisco Sentinel - 4/1/06

United States Offers Earthquake Assistance to Iran
President Bush offered U.S. assistance to Iran March 31 in the wake of three strong earthquakes that devastated about 200 villages in a mountainous region southwest of Tehran. - 4/1/06

Iran earthquakes: 100 Red Crescent rescue teams working to pull survivors from the rubble
The Red Crescent Society of the Islamic Republic of Iran has sent 100 teams of specially-trained emergency workers, as well as eight rescue teams which include 12 sniffer dogs (a total of 622 people), into Lorestan province, where three earthquakes have severely struck the mountainous region between the cities of Doroud and Borujerd. -IFRC - 4/1/06

Why US Can't Buy Dissent in Iran
The US wants more and stronger dissent in Iran, and is pouring $75 million (US) into the effort. The program includes beaming media into Iran and the establishment of a State Department office devoted to promoting liberal democracy in the Islamic republic. -The Tyee - 4/1/06

Iran Remains Defiant Despite UN Security Council Deadline
Iranian officials remain defiant about their nuclear program despite a warning by world powers that Tehran must abide by a UN deadline to halt its uranium-enrichment activities. -RFE - 4/1/06

Iran denies Swiss paper's claim in withdrawal of Gold assets
An informed source in Central Bank of Iran on Friday denied the news published in a Swiss daily on withdrawal of 250 tons of Iran's gold reserves from that country's Credit Bank. -IRNA - 4/1/06

L’Iran, la bombe, etc.: Interview with Viktor Mikhailov
Question: Experts say you were one of the fathers of the Iranian nuclear industry. Can you describe its current situation? -Dedefensa - 4/1/06

US Military to Test 700-Ton Explosive in Nevada Desert
The U.S. military is preparing to test a massive new bomb that is designed to destroy underground military targets. -VOA - 4/1/06

India's training of Iranian military could dampen nuclear deal - US lawmaker
India's alleged training of Iranian troops could dampen vital US Congress support for a bilateral landmark civilian nuclear deal, a ranking Democrat warned. -Forbes - 4/1/06

Antiwar protesters greet Rice in England
Demonstrators organized marches to call the U.S. secretary of state, Condoleezza Rice, a war criminal and a human rights abuser as she joined Foreign Secretary Jack Straw of Britain on a tour Friday of northern England. -IHT - 4/1/06

Bush's security strategy: defend the nation, change the world
The United States's linkage of pre-emption and failed states reflects a shift of rhetoric that leaves untouched the freedom to wage endless war, says Mariano Aguirre. -Open Democracy - 4/1/06

Rush to aid Iran quake homeless
Iranian authorities are rushing to provide aid for thousands of people left homeless by Friday's earthquakes in western Lorestan province. -BBC - 4/1/06

Iran: UN representatives arrive in Boroujerd to asses dimensions of quake losses
A group of UN representatives arrived in Boroujerd Saturday to visit the quake stricken regions of Lorestan province, assess the dimensions of inflicted losses, and survey ways to assist quake victims. -IRNA - 4/1/06

US encouraged by Tehran's enemy within
Increased repression and unrest affecting Iran's numerous ethnic and religious minorities are providing new opportunities for the US as it steps up efforts to destabilise and if possible bring down the hardline Islamic government of President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad. -Guardian - 4/1/06

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