Thursday's Daily Briefing on Iran
DoctorZin reports, 4.6.2006:
Iran's Earthquake victims arrested.
- Iran Press News reported that the Iranian regime has been arresting earthquake victims who complained the lack of relief, calling them “agitators and hoodlums”. One example: no more than 2000 tents have been sent to provide shelter 250,000 people. No private citizen is permitted to deliver any assistance.
- Iran Press News reported that in recent months, the number of suicides among unpaid workers in Iran has skyrocketed; some of the workers have even committed suicide with their families.
- Telegraph reported that while Iran announced another success: the launching of "the world's fastest underwater missile," the Russian Admiral Eduard Baltin, said Iran's torpedo announcement was little more than a bluff. "Shkval has no target designation devices. That is, it is not a self-homing torpedo. Besides, it leaves a trail, which makes it easy to spot and destroy."
- MemriTV published video footage of an Iranian Revolutionary Guards Navy test of a flying boat and two missiles.
- Amir Taheri, The New York Post reminds us that the area where Iran's nuclear plant is located at the center of the country's most active earthquake zone. He examined the safety issues no one is talking about.
- Reuters reported that Iran's Revolutionary Guards commander said "The Americans should accept Iran as a great regional power and they should know that sanctions and military threats are not going to be benefit them."
- Yahoo News reported investors' are worried about Ahmadinejad's anti-market policies and the Iranian people, suffering from crushing unemployment and inflation, may soon grow weary of his regime sacrificing their butter for guns.
- Rooz Online reported that the head of Iran's Planning and Management Organization announced that the government would continue the policy of quotas for gasoline. If economic sanctions are imposed on Iran, gasoline imports could turn into a serious crisis for the country.
- Arizona Republic reported that 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.
- Rooz Online has been the subject of repeated Internet attacks during the past few days.
- Iran Focus reported that another agent of Iran’s State Security Forces (SSF) was killed during armed clashes in the western province of Kermanshah.
- Iran Press News reported that the Islamic regime has withdrawn 700 tons of its gold reserves worth $30 billion from Swiss banks and transferred it to Asian banks located in the United Arab Emirates.
- DowJones reported that a full-page advert in London's Financial Times by the American Jewish Committee asking if the world could feel safe if Iran were to develop nuclear weapons has spurred anger from Iranian diplomats.
- Cox & Forkum published another cartoon: Blixatron.