Saturday, November 19, 2005

Sunday's Daily Briefing on Iran

DoctorZin reports, 11.20.2005:

Iranian President forbids bullet-proof cars

Islamic Republic of Iran Broadcasting:
President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad said here Wednesday, "A long stride will be taken toward fair distribution of the country's budget in the year 1385 (beginning on March 20). ...

President Ahmadinejad referred to Friday prayer as "one of the main centers for promotion of kindness in the society," adding, "Friday prayers leaders, too, are the most significant supporters of social justice." ...

Emphasizing that the Islamic Revolution's main ideal is preparing the path for the era when man would establish a glorious government on earth, Ahmadinejad said, "Our mission is paving the path for the glorious reappearance of Imam Mahdi (May God Hasten his Reappearance)."

He added, "In order to reach that goal, Iran should turn into a mighty, advanced, and model Islamic society."

He said, "Today we must define our economic, political, and cultural policies in the framework of the school of patience (in absence of the 12th Shi'a Imam), refraining from leaning toward any Western school of thought." ...

Ahmadinejad stressed, "Tendency toward leading luxurious lives has not a place in this government and we would not permit imports of to 5 billion Rial (30 to 50 thousand US Dollar) bullet-proof cars, or permit some government officials to keep using such cars." READ MORE
Might we expect some of Ahmadinejad's enemies will be trying to get their hands on an existing bullet proof car?

Plus, it contains many other interesting statements by Ahmadinejad. Worth reading.

Here are a few other news items you may have missed.
  • Steve Schippert, Threats Watch thinks Ahmadinejad may be overplaying his hand with Russia. A great new blog, by some of the best.
  • Lillian Swift, The Telegraph UK reports that Iran is on the brink of entering another dark age.
  • Iran Focus reported that a visit to Iran by Iraq’s top security official and his profuse praise of the Iranian government’s policy have aroused serious questions.
  • Alissa J. Rubin, The LA Times reported that Iran is still NOT opening up to the IAEA.
  • Iran Focus reported that a top official in Iran’s notorious Ministry of Intelligence and Security (MOIS) was running the secret Iraqi Interior Ministry prison in Baghdad.
  • Iran Focus reported that Iran’s former President Mohammad Khatami defended the hard-line stance of Mahmoud Ahmadinejad against the state of Israel.
  • Carla Anne Robbins, The Wall Street Journal discussed the most recent IAEA report on Iran and stirs questions about Iran's nuclear program.
  • Walid Choucair, Al-Hayat reported on Iran and the truth behind its support for Syria.
  • Amy Kellogg, FOX News published her reporter's notebook: Inside Iran.
  • Reporters Without Borders called for the reopening of the investigation into the murder of photojournalist Zahra Kazemi.
  • J. Grant Swank Jr., American Daily reports that despite last weeks's international vote on the control of the internet, there are those "out there" determined to take the Internet out of US control.
  • Adnkronos International argues that while Europe needs to try to persuade Iran to show greater respect for human rights and to live up to nuclear conventions - the country must not be isolated.
  • Hamed Irani, Rooz Online reported that in the corridors of power of the Iran’s government there is talk of relegating Iran's sensitive nuclear talks to the Expediency Council lead by former president Hashemi Rafsanjani.
  • Maryam Kashani, Rooz Online reported that Mesbah Yazdi thinks that Iran's new government is God’s gift to enact Islamic values. But others believe that Ahmadinejad’s presidency is an era filled with dangers.
  • Farhad Mahdavi, Rooz Online wonders how is Ganji going to survive without food and water?
  • And finally, DoctorZin asks our readers to take a minute and vote now for Regime Change Iran for inclusion in the Deck O'Bloggers.