Monday's Daily Briefing on Iran
DoctorZin reports, 10.30.2005:
Iran Focus: A pro-MEK website
Iran’s hard-line President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad told the latest cabinet meeting in the Iranian capital that “if we were permitted to hang two or three persons, the problems with the stock exchange would be solved for ever”, according to a Tehran-based newspaper. ...Here are a few other news items you may have missed.
Ministers and experts disagreed with all the different views and proposals raised at the meeting, which came to an end without any concrete results. Tempers flew high and participants shouted at each other during the discussion, according to the daily. Frustrated with the inability of his economic advisers and experts to come up with any solution, Ahmadinejad told them that the only way out of the current stock exchange and financial market problems was to “frighten” speculators by hanging two or three of them. READ MORE
- Rooz Online reported on Ahmadinejad's “senior advisor” who wields extreme influence in everything, Mojtaba Somreh Hashemi, a close friend of Mesbah Yazdi. He is not making a lot of friends.
- Robert Spencer, Jihad Watch, sees the two faces of Ahmadinejad: an English and a Persian version of his website.
- Iranian blogger, Farid Pouya, WebGardian said that the Iranian people don't hate Israel (many of them). Many believe Israel can be considered as a friend. Many say Israel never invaded us but Arabs did.
- Iranian blogger, Sheema Kalbasi, Zaneirani said that the main difference between Khatamist charlatanism and Ahmadinejad's extremism should be sought not in ideology but in their honesty about the true nature of the regime.
- Islamic Republic News Agency reported that Majlis Speaker Gholam-Ali Haddad-Adel said on Sunday that Israel is the symbol of disrespect for the United Nations.
- Jim Hoagland, The Washington Post asked should Iranian President Ahmadinejad be voted the most Valuable Politician of the year? He reminds a distracted world of the true nature of Iran's regime.
- Telegraph UK reported that the United Nations is holding talks on how to deal with Iran.
- Yahoo News reported that Iran's hardline President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad insisted that his controversial call for Israel to be "wiped off the map" was nothing new.
- Ha'aretz reported that Israel on Sunday slammed plans by UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan to visit Iran.
- Dow Jones Newswires reported that U.K. Defense Secretary John Reid said: Iran appeared to be trying to confront the international community.
- JTA reported on a campaign by Berlin-based activists has resulted in the erasure of "Al Quds Day" from some interfaith calendars in the United States and United Kingdom.